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1. BBC Sports Personality of the Year blasted by Piers Morgan as viewers slam Anthony Joshua snub13:47[−]

PIERS MORGAN launched a scathing attack on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards after Anthony Joshua’s incredible snub.

The heavyweight king went into the event as overwhelming favourite but did not even manage to crack the top three as Mo Farah scooped the gong.

Mo Farah poses with his award after being crowned Sports Personality of the Year
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Northern Ireland’s World Superbikes champion Jonathan Rea was a shock second, with gold-winning Paralympian Jonnie Peacock third.

And the results saw Morgan label the show a shambles as viewers took to social to voice their outrage.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, 52, tweeted: “Absolute shambles at the end of #spoty . Congrats anyway to @Mo_Farah on winning (assuming he ever got his well-deserved award) but how on earth did @anthonyfjoshua & @LewisHamilton not make the Top3? The British publics glittering record of voting insanity continues…”

Joshua, 28, was a 1-7 shot to triumph last night after beating Wladimir Klitschko and Carlos Takam in two defences of his world titles.

Anthony Joshua failed to crack the top three despite a brilliant year
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Jonathan Rea picked up second place to the surprise of many
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Paralympic champ Jonnie Peacock completed the top three
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But Olympic hero Farah, 34, was named the victor – leading some to label the show as a “joke” and “farce”.

The runners’ video link was cut off before he had said a word in a high-profile gaffe, with Michael Johnson stepping in.

MO WAY Viewers convinced Paula Radcliffes husband called Mo Farahs 2017 SPOTY win a f****** joke or con

He said: “It’s well deserved. This year he came into his home championships, his last race on the track, and still delivered.

“Over the years he’s dominated, he’s out there by himself and always got the tactics right.”


2. What time is Made In Chelsea series 14 on E4 tonight and who is in the cast?13:47[−]

MADE In Chelsea has been a huge hit since it first aired six years ago – giving fans a glimpse of the luxury lives of the show’s stars.

Here’s what we know about who’s appearing with Louise Thompson, cheeky chap Jamie Laing and the rest of the gang…

MIC’s favourite lads Jamie Laing, Francis Boulle and Oliver Proudlock are back for series 14
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What time is Made in Chelsea on tonight and how can I watch it?

The new series detailing the racy, party-loving young things of SW3 continues with episode eleven of the 14th series TONIGHT, Monday 18 December at 9pm on E4.

Episode ten goes head-to-head with Mary Berry’s Christmas Party on BBC One, Employable Me on BBC Two, and Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds At Christmas.

Series 14 follows hot on the heels of sun-soaked spin-off, Made in Chelsea Ibiza, which saw the sensational split of Tiffany Watson and Sam Thompson, as well as Frankie Gaff and Jamie Laing.

Producers have promised plenty of romantic action courtesy of the sexy singletons – and a few new arrivals thrown in for good measure.

Could Tiffany Watson (left) find fresh romance after her split with Sam?
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Which Made in Chelsea stars will feature in the new series?

Fans’ favourites Tiff, Sam, Frankie and Jamie will all make their comeback with executive producer Ross Coward revealing: “Its a long time since we have had so many single people on the show; its a new chapter for Jamie, Alex, Frankie, Sam and Tiff who are all back on the market, and alongside our favourite faces there are some exciting new additions guaranteed to turn heads and ruffle feathers.”

Meanwhile, MIC stalwart Oliver Proudlock and cute boffin Francis Boulle will make a welcome return to the screen as will Victoria Baker-Harber, Mark-Francis Vandelli, Alex Mytton and Louise Thompson.

Fresh from his stint in Celebrity Big Brother, Sam Thompson will also star.

Love-able Toff – who bagged an equally high-brow admirer on the latest series of Celebs Go Dating – will bring her cheery character and wise words – and show bosses have promised “a blast from the past” will also rock life wist of the UK capital.

Here’s the line-up in full:

  • Tiffany Watson
  • Sam Thompson
  • Louise Thompson
  • Frankie Gaff
  • Jamie Laing
  • Alex Mytton
  • Oliver Proudlock
  • Francis Boulle
  • Fredrik Ferrier
  • Mark-Francis Vandelli
  • Georgia Toffolo
  • Olivia Bentley
  • Julius Cowdrey
  • Mimi Bouchard
  • Ella Willis
  • Harry Baron
Alex Mytton looked chic as he posed for the promo shots
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Are there any Made in Chelsea newbies?

Yes! The latest eye-candy comes in the form of Charlie Mills.

The hunky blonde is a former model and playboy socialite and is set to bag a host of admirers as he arrives on set.

He’s heir to a banking fortune too, which may well help draw in the ladies.

Charlie Mills is the MIC newbie set to cause a stir with the ladies
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What have producers said about the new series of Made in Chelsea?

Executive Producer Ros Coward, has let slip a few secrets, and said: “We all love Made In Chelsea for its mix of high-class romance, rivalry and ridiculousness and after a summer in Ibiza its great to be back in Chelsea with the entire cast.”

Meanwhile, Lee McMurray, Commissioning Editor for Formats at Channel 4 added: “After one of our most successful and explosive summer seasons yet, E4 viewers should brace themselves for an exciting new chapter in the lives of the Chelsea set.

“Efforts of old favourites to find new love sparks a fresh wave of the inimitable and hugely enjoyable mix of fun, feuding, flirting and fine-dining weve all come to know and love.”

Gym bunnies Louise and Ryan are all loved-up
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What happened in the previous Made in Chelsea?

The bunch hit the sun-soaked sands of the White Isle – and it all kicked off.

The first episode of Made In Chelsea: Ibiza aired on E4 on July 31 at 9pm and was the fourth summer special series as we previously saw them head to New York, Los Angeles and the South of France.

The biggest shock to fans of the show is that series regular Louise Thompson and her boyfriend Ryan Libbey barely featured.

The pair did not play a main role in the champagne fuelled dramas on the Balearic island of Ibiza, and new mum Binky Felstead was understandably a no-show too.

Roguish Harry Baron was causing trouble again when he voiced his feelings towards Jamie’s ex-girlfriend Frankie.

Sam was on a break from his girlfriend Tiff but was on thin ice with her when he starts flirting with one of their group – breaking their “no friends, no feelings” pact.

Sam Prince meanwhile was STILL trying to woo Toff and as usual Mark-Francis rose above it all, with the aide of his devoted sidekick Victoria.


3. When and how did Fred Astaire die, what musicals did he make with Ginger Rogers and what were his most famous dances?13:46[−]

FRED Astaire was one of humanity’s greatest ever dancers – and his legacy lives on through the films he made throughout his whopping 76 year career.

Here we look at the life, death and performances of the iconic Hollywood star.

Fred Astaire is still regarded as one of the best dancers who has ever lived Fred Astaire is still regarded as one of the best dancers who has ever lived
Fred Astaire is still regarded as one of the best dancers who has ever lived
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When did Fred Astaire die?

Fred Astaire died from pneumonia on June 22, 1987 aged 88.

Before passing away, was reported to have crowned Michael Jackson as his ‘replacement’.

He said: “I didn’t want to leave this world without knowing who my descendant was, thank you Michael.”

Where was Fred Astaire from, and how did his career begin?

Fred’s career spanned almost the entirety of his life, and began when he was

He was born Frederick Austerlitz on May 10, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska to German and Austrian immigrant parents.

His mum set him and his sister Adele up as a siblings dance duo, and by 1905 the family had relocated to New York to help develop the duo’s phenomenal talents and launch their showbiz careers.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are an iconic Hollywood duo
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are an iconic Hollywood duo
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The pair were heralded as the best sibling act on the Vaudeville circuit at that time, and their career went from strength to strength, ending only after Adele wed in 1932.

Before that they performed on Broadway and in London’s West End.

Stopping his sibling partnership meant Fred was free to dance with others, and he was soon cast in The Gay Divorcee with Ginger Rogers, one of his most famous dance partners and co-star in nine films.

Who did Fred Astaire dance with?

Fred – who was 5’9″ – is best known for dancing with Ginger Rogers, but also danced with Gene Kelly,

Other partners were Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, and Bing Crosby.

What are Fred Astaire’s best known films?

Fred and his first wife Phyllis Livingston Potter, who died aged just 46
Fred and his first wife Phyllis Livingston Potter, who died aged just 46
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Fred and his second wife, jockey Robyn Smith
Fred and his second wife, jockey Robyn Smith
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Has there ever been a film of his life?

Fred Astaire refused to let his own life story become a film – and a clause in his will makes sure that continues in to his death, too.

He said: “However much they offer meand offers come in all the timeI shall not sell.

“It is there because I have no particular desire to have my life misinterpreted, which it would be.”

Who did Fred Astaire marry and did he have any children?

Fred wed twice, first to Phyllis Livingston Potter who had two children with.

They walked down in the aisle in 1933, and were happily married until 1954 when she died from cancer aged just 46.

Fred reportedly pursued her for two years, although she was already married to someone else.

He also defied his mum and sister’s wishes to wed her – and proved them wrong with their blissfully happy union.

He married a female jockey 45-years his junior named Robyn Smith in 1980, seven years before his death.

Fred dancing with Cyd Charisse in classic film Silk Stockings
Fred dancing with Cyd Charisse in classic film Silk Stockings
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Did Fred Astaire invent Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk dance?

It has been widely reported that Fred Astaire inspired Michael Jackson’s iconic Moonwalk dance, yet MJ said differently.

Speaking to Ebony magazine in 2007, he recalled the legend’s reaction to seeing him unleash the tricky move for the first time as he sang Billie Jean at the Motown 25th Anniversary Special in 1983.

He said: “Fred Astaire calls and said, ‘I watched it last night, and I taped it, and I watched it again this morning. You’re a helluva mover.’

“So, later, when I saw Fred Astaire, he did this (moonwalk move) with his fingers.”


4. Joe Brolly says if Jose Mourinho burst into a GAA dressing room, it wouldnt be milk hed be hit with13:36[−]

AFTER last weekend’s Manchester derby loss Jose Mourinho was involved in a furious dressing room bust up with his bitter rivals who he slammed for being disrespectful in their celebrations.

Mourinho was left soaked with water and milk, while City coach Mikel Arteta suffered a cut to his eye in the melee.

Jose Mourinho was reportedly unhappy with the way City were celebrating their huge win at Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho was reportedly unhappy with the way City were celebrating their huge win at Old Trafford

Writing for, Joe Brolly said it wouldn’t be milk the Red Devils boss would have been hit with had I entered a GAA dressing room to give out.

Speaking about a night out with Tyrone and Kileeshil legend Kevin Hughes Brolly said: “The Kileeshil men in particular covered themselves in glory. As others wilted, they got stronger. The rounds went from 12, to 10, then to five.

“I wondered what might have occurred were Jose Mourinho to poke his nose into the Kileeshil changing room after a Tyrone all-county league game and ask them to keep it down.

“It wouldn’t be milk he’d be hit with. Instead, he was able to walk away unmarked from the Manchester City changing room, and give yet another smug press conference where he posed as an intellectual. In fairness, it is a feat of intellectual brilliance to make Manchester United look like Stoke.”

Joe Brolly believes Aidan O'Shea and Cillian O'Connor are holding Mayo back from winning an All-Ireland
Joe Brolly

The former Derry star then went on to tell the story of a time he himself entered the changing room of an opposing team.

“I was playing for Ulster against Munster. The game was superb.”

Brolly was played through on goal by Peter Canavan and made no mistake. “‘Keeper came out. I lobbed him.

“As he was getting off the ground, I tousled his hair and said something along the lines of, “You should have stayed on your feet there son. That was embarrassing.” At which point I got an almighty blow on the nose from the corner-back, knocking me backwards.

“The blood came scooting out of my nose. For the first and only time, I saw stars.

“Ulster jerseys were usually souvenirs but this one was ruined, drenched in blood.

“As I was coming in the tunnel a thought occurred to me. I walked into the Munster dressing room. My face was a mess, the nose badly broken, the shirt dripping. I opened the door and looked around. The place went silent.

“I walked over to your man, pulled the jersey off and handed it to him. “You can wash it.” The Munster boys exploded. I got out in one piece.”

5. What time is the Birds Of A Feather Christmas special on ITV tonight, whos in the cast with Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph and whats it about?13:35[−]

EVERYONES favourite Essex girls will be reunited once more for a Christmas special the third since the show was revived in 2014.

But when can you catch it on ITV and what is in store for the Chigwell ladies? Heres the lowdown on the show

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Linda, Pauline Quirke and Lesley Joseph are reuniting for a Christmas special[/caption]

When is the Birds Of A Feather Christmas special on ITV?

The Birds Of A Feather Christmas special airs TONIGHT, Monday December 18 at 9pm.

And thanks to the ITV website, weve been given a flavour about what is in store for the Essex girls.

In the 2016 Christmas episode, the trio flew to Morocco to find Traceys son, but this year the women are expected to stay in Essex.

The description reads: It’s Christmas in Chigwell and the Birds are back. Tracey has got big plans that could upset the festive harmony in the house Sharon has found a novel way of doing her Christmas shopping and Dorien has got a mystery to solve. What could possibly go wrong?

ITV has given a flavour about what is in store for the Essex girls

What is Birds Of A Feather about?

Birds of a Feather is a British sitcom about two sisters Sharon and Tracey who are brought together when their husbands are sent to prison for armed robbery.

They are joined by man-eating, neighbour Dorien, who regularly has affairs with younger men.

The show originally aired on BBC One, but was off-air for 16 years between 1998 and 2014.

It was then revived for a full series on ITV.

New episodes are expected to air on ITV in 2018.

Who’s in the Birds Of A Feather cast?

All three leading ladies, actresses Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph, will reprise their roles as characters Sharon, Tracey and Dorien respectively.

When the show rebooted, the stars feared they might be too old and would be recast.

Linda said on Loose Women: “It’s funny because when Birds of a Feather came back, we’d been off tele for 15 years and we did a stage tour of it.

“The producers actually got in touch with Lesley Joseph and said they were going to recast Sharon and Tracey because we’re too old to play the part now.”


6. Coronation Street spoilers: Pat Phelans double murder is set to be exposed as the cast are spotted filming where the Corrie killer dumped Andy and Vinnys bodies13:34[−]

COULD evil Pat Phelan finally be about to get his comeuppance?

Coronation Street actors Connor McIntyre, who plays soap villain Phelan, and Mikey North, who plays Gary Windass, were photographed filming top secret scenes at the same location where Andy and Vinny’s were dumped.

Connor was seen filming at the same location his character, Pat Phelan, murdered Vinny and Andy
Mikey North, who plays Gary Windass, was also on location. Could he be the man who finds out what Pat’s been up to?

Builders were seen heading to a location to film and some cast members tried to hide under their coats as they made their way to the set.

Will Vinny and Andy’s bodies be discovered? And will the truth about Pat finally be revealed?

Connor has previously revealed he has no doubt Pat will get what’s coming to him.

He said: “I haven’t seen much further up the road for Phelan but I imagine it will get darker.

Builders were on the set, preparing for what will no doubt be epic scenes
What’s going on here, then?

“Let’s put it this way – I think my long-term future on the show is in serious doubt.”

Referring to his warped character’s murderous conduct, he added: “I find myself asking what happens to a person once they realise a problem can be solved his way – does that then become a default position?”

Recently, Connor admitted Pat’s murder of Andy is “the pebble that starts the avalanche” – but warned that the road to justice will be “lively”.

Dropping a major hint that Phelan will kill again, he added: “The journey towards his comeuppance will be very lively Im sure, because now he has a direct route to solving problems.”

Connor has previously insisted Pat WILL get his comeuppance
Lots of people were on the set for filming

Actress Debbie Rush – who plays Anna Windass – has also hinted she could be Pat’s next victim.

The 51-year-old actress has portrayed the waitress since 2008, and is set to depart the show at the end of the year, with Anna appearing on screens until early 2018.

She told The Sun Online: “Everyone wants Anna to bring him down. I still get little old ladies to young lads shouting ‘Oi, Anna, when you gonna get Phelan?’ So everyone wants him done in, and they all want Anna to do it.”

And asked if she will be leaving the door open to return to the ITV soap after she’s left, Anna teased: “Well, it would depend on whether Anna is dead or alive…”

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Debbie Rush has teased that Anna could be murdered by Phelan[/caption]

And quizzed further whether it would bother her not being able to reprise the role.

She said: “I said it was up to the writers to do whatever they liked – whatever is best, even if the door is shut permanently. I wasn’t bothered either way.”

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights on ITV.

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7. Imogen Thomas soaks up the sun in a green bikini four months after having surgery to reduce her E-cup boobs13:34[−]

IMOGEN Thomas looked incredible as she relaxed on holiday in a stunning deep green bikini.

The Big Brother star, who is in Miami, has shown off the results of her breast reduction surgery after admitting she hated her E-cup boobs and is now a C cup.

Imogen Thomas has shown off the results of her surgery to go from a E Cup to C Cup

The mother-of-two smouldered in her two piece from her Chasing Summer range, that included a halterneck top to accentuate her perky new bust.

She cooled off under a shower as she revealed her toned body on holiday.

The brunette beauty queen relaxed in a hammock as the sun went down.

At one point she looked as though she had a near fall, but straightened herself out to look picture perfect once more.

Imogen looked seductive in this shower scene
Imogen revealed her post-op body
The mum of two cooled down under an outdoor shower
Imogen looked sizzling in her shots

The Welsh glamour model, 34, underwent surgery at the beginning of the month to switch her implants for smaller versions.

Imogen has now debuted the results of the operation by stripping to a bikini in a revealing shoot for new! magazine.

The model showed off her smaller boobs in swimwear just weeks after going under the knife.

She had the surgery at the London’s St John & Queen Elizabeth hospital at the beginning of August, and she’s already enjoying the results.

At one point it looked like Imogen was about to fall from her hammock
After a close call she straightened herself out
Imogen was back looking picture perfect in no time
Imogen certainly enjoyed herself on hols

In a candid chat with the magazine, she admitted her E-cup boobs were “saggy” and she is now feeling much more confident.

She said: “My boobs were so saggy before.

“I hated them so I’ll definitely be more confident now.

She looked the ultimate beach babe in her shots
Imogen looked cool in aviator sunglasses

“I can’t wait to wear a backless dress and feel good.”

The mum-of-two also revealed her partner Adam Horsley “can’t wait to get his hands on” her new boobs.

She added: “I’m sure he can’t wait to get his hands on them but that won’t happen any time soon…

“I think he’s going to love them…

She is proud of her new chest and admits her partner can’t wait to get his hands on them

“I’m more nervous around him just in case he grabs them quickly, because they’re so tender.”I want to be properly healed before before he starts putting his hands on them.”

Imogen and Adam are parents to two daughters together, Ariana, four, and 22-month-old Siera.

The TV beauty, who shot to fame on Big Brother 11 years ago, went from a C-cup to a 34DD/E in 2007.

But she admitted her boobs “went south” after having kids.


8. Olivia Attwood and Chris Hughes land ITV2 show about their rocky relationship but will they even be together when it airs?13:32[−]

OLIVIA Attwood and Chris Hughes have reportedly landed themselves a TV show on ITV2.

According to the Daily Star the couple, who met during their time on Love Island, will be allowing cameras into their lives to film their very rocky romance.

Olivia Attwood and Chris Hughes are in talks to do an ITV2 show
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Just last week Olivia admitted they had split after The Sun revealed images of Chris kissing a mystery woman on a night out so whether they make it to the air date is yet to be seen.

A source told the paper: “Chris and Olivia’s romance is a rocky one.

It will make for great reality TV, but only if they make it to the end of the series still together.”

Last night Olivia sparked concern amongst her fans after she admitted she lied “to protect” someone she referred to as “so evil” – before accusing them of breaking up her family.

Olivia sparked concern among fans as she Tweeted – then deleted – two mysterious messages about someone ‘evil’

Perhaps having a swift change of heart the Love Island beauty, whose relationship with co-star Chris Hughes is rumoured to be on the rocks after their secret split, quickly deleted the messages that appeared to be uploaded in the heat of the moment.

She wrote: “Imagine someone so evil they sink to the depths of getting between you and your own family.”

She followed up, and added more detail to her initial outpour, as she continued: “After you have lied and lied to protect them from their own behaviour.”

The star has been partying without Chris following their secret break u

Its been a rocky few weeks for the couple after Olivia decided to secretly dump Chris after he was seen with another woman and then forgave him.

Just days after Olivia was spotted crying on the phone after a night out with former fling Muggy Mike, fuelling speculation all is not well at home.

There will certainly be lots of drama for a TV show, the question is will they be together long enough to actually film it?

The Sun Online has contacted their reps for comment.

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9. Inquest into tragic Hawe family killed by their dad and husband in murder-suicide to start today13:29[−]

THE INQUEST into the tragic deaths of a family murdered by their dad and husband before he killed himself is to begin today.

40-year-old Alan Hawe killed his wife Clodagh, 39, and their three children Liam, 14, Niall, 11 and Ryan, six, in their family home in Castlerahan, Co Cavan on August 29 2016.

Alan Hawe

Before taking his own life, Hawe left a note at the back door warning not to enter and to contact the gardai.

The inquest begins at 10am at Cavan town courthouse.

It will hear how the family’s bodies were found by gardai after Clodagh’s mum Mary Coll discovered the note and contacted the authorities.

The harrowing tragedy shook the small town of Castlerahan.

Alan Hawe with his wife Clodagh and sons Liam, Niall and Ryan

Hawe was a vice-principal of Castlerahan National School while Clodagh and their sons were heavily involved in the community.

Clodagh was originally from Mount Nugent and was a teacher at Oristown National School in Kells, Co Meath.

After the massacre, the family were buried together in the grounds of Castlerahan church.

However, Hawe’s remains were exhumed from the plot at the request of the Coll family in May of this year.

10. What did Bruno Langley do, why was he fired from Coronation Street and what sexual assault charges has he pleaded guilty to?13:27[−]

CORONATION Street star Bruno Langley has today pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two women at a Manchester bar.

The actor, 34, was axed from the ITV soap last month in the wake of the allegations.

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Bruno Langley arrives at court with supporters this morning[/caption]

Who is Bruno Langley?

Bruno Langley, 34, plays hunk Todd Grimshaw in Coronation Street.

He made his Corrie debut in 2001 and was the first openly gay character in the soap.

In 2013 he split from Victoria Roscoe, mum to his son, ten.

Earlier this year Bruno revealed it was tough to find love as girls think they are dating Todd.

Bruno, of Altrincham, Gtr Manchester, has vowed he wont be shy in his quest for love.

He told TVs Loose Women last year: Theres been a few times when Ive seen a really nice girl, not said anything and always regretted it.

These days I always go up and try to be a gentleman.

What sexual assault charges has he pleaded guilty to?

Langley appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two women, one in her 20s and another in her 30s.

The offences took place during a night out at Band on the Wall bar in the city’s Northern Quarter on October 1.

Prosecutor Karen Saffman said that at about 1am his first victim had gone upstairs to collect her coat before intending to leave.

As she made her way back towards the stairs Langley grabbed her crotch, the court was told.

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Langley has been slapped with a 12 month community to order that will see him given a curfew and electronic tag[/caption]

He grabbed me properly. He grabbed me on the crotch, the woman later told police.

She said she had thought about hitting him, but was in a state of shock.

The victim detailed how Langley had grabbed her over clothes.

Ms Saffman said a friend of Langley’s had apologised for his actions.

The second victim said Langley grabbed her “forcefully” leaving her feeling “disgusted”.

In mitigation Langley’s solicitor said he was not a “serial groper” describing his actions as an “alcohol fuelled” and “isolated” incident.

Langley has been slapped with a 12 month community to order that will see him given a curfew and electronic tag.

He will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years and must may his victims ?250 each.

District Judge Mark Hadfield said: “On that evening your conduct was quite disgraceful, indeed degrading.

“On a number of occasions you sexually assaulted females whilst being on licensed premises.”

Nick Tilsley (Adam Rickitt) gets a big shock when Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) kisses him
Bruno Langley (left) has played Todd Grimshaw since 2001
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What else has emerged?

A young woman has spoken out about her experience dating Langley as a teenager, admitted he was “creepy”.

The woman, who was 16 at the time, started dating the former Corrie star just weeks after she left school.

She said Bruno Langley – who was 29 when they were seeing each other – asked the 16-year-old girl to read him passages from 50 Shades of Grey on their first date.

She told how the actor even joked about how young she looked.

Now 21, she recalled: When he was buying the cinema tickets, the cashier said, Two adults? And he laughed and said, Well, not really.

The young woman said she ended the relationship when he became too clingy but he continued to pester her with texts.

She added: I found out from a friend about the charges and I wasnt surprised.

What action has ITV taken against Bruno Langley?

A spokesman for the soap confirmed Bruno’s contract had been terminated.

The spokesman said: “Bruno Langley is no longer contracted to Coronation Street.

It is understood the move has left soap bosses scrambling to reshoot scenes which are meant to feature his character Todd Grimshaw.

An insider said: Crew were heard discussing using a body double.

“New scenes show Adam Barlow telling Ken that Todd has left Weatherfield with his young ward Summer.

Scenes featuring Bruno will continue to be screened until December 24. These were filmed before our inquiry started. Subsequent storylines beyond this point have been rewritten.

How have fans reacted to Bruno Langley’s dismissal?

More than 1,000 fans have signed a petition calling on ITV to review its decision to sack the actor.

The petition started by Karen Cochrane says: “He is a fabulous actor and a major part of Corrie, and it wont be the same without him, so please please give him his job back!”

11. Why are Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield not presenting This Morning today and who is replacing them?13:26[−]

PHILIP Schofield and Holly Willoughby are NOT presenting This Morning at all this week.

But where are they? And who’s standing in for the hosts? Here’s what we know…

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have gone on their annual Christmas break from This Morning
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Why aren’t Holly and Phil presenting This Morning today?

Holly and Phil will not be presenting this morning ALL this week (starting 18 December 2017)

The dynamic duo are now on their annual festive break, having filmed their last episode of This Morning for the year on Friday (15 December).

They will return in the New Year.

Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes will present the show instead this week
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Who will replace Holly and Phil on This Morning?

Whilst they are away the show will be left in very capable hands.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, who usually host the show on a Friday, will be taking over the main hosting duties for the week leading up to Christmas.

When can I watch This Morning?

This Morning is on weekdays on ITV1.

It runs from 10.30am until 12.30am.

If you miss it you can watch it again on the ITV Hub.


12. Cops blasted for seizing car being driven home from work as its driver wasnt insured for COMMUTING13:25[−]

COPS seized a car being driven home from work because its driver wasnt insured for commuting.

Officers from West Yorkshires road unit swooped on the silver Volkswagen after dark on Saturday on the M62 near Huddersfield.

They boasted of the stop on Twitter and included a photo of the vehicle.

Their post read: M62 West, Huddersfield – Driver commuting from work – insurance policy excludes commuting.

Also an incorrect address on the policy. Seized and reported.

Drivers are required to inform their insurer if they intend to use their vehicles to commute, according to Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB, a group that works with police to crackdown on insured driving).


But Twitter reacted with fury – slamming the cops.

Richard Longbottom commented: Clearly as busy day at the office……………Embarrassing really isn’t it.

Rob Clarke added: Merry Christmas to you too, keep up the important work.

Michael Bran said the force don’t get his support on this one, while Wes Channell replied: Must have been a quiet night…no real criminals to catch?

Other comments included: “Seriously this is something to tweet about? You must be so proud of youselves.” and “There’s killers all on the police radar but you stop some person on the way to work. Well done.”


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But Nick Sprigg defended the police decision, saying: “All you bashing… you get the option when taking policies out.

The avalanche criticism forced cops to justify their decision.

In a follow-up tweet they added: Regarding the above comments, for obvious reasons we cannot discuss this specific incident in detail, however we always ensure the law is enforced fairly and proportionately.

If using the vehicle for a class of use not covered, then the vehicle is uninsured for that journey.’

According to MIB, police officers use the organisation’s helpline to confirm the insurance status of a car they suspect is not covered.

You could be liable for huge bills if you have an accident and you’re not covered.

Does Your Motor Insurance Cover You For Commuting?

TO use your vehicle to get to and from work, your policy will need to cover use for commuting, the MIB says.

This is often referred to as social, domestic, pleasure and commuting.

You can find out if you are covered for commuting by checking your insurance certificate and schedule.

This essential document explains what uses of the vehicle you are covered for.

Consequences: Where the vehicle is being used outside of the policy terms, then MIB shares this information with the insurer to enable them to address the matter with their policyholder.

The insurer will contact their policyholder to investigate this further and may result in the policy being cancelled.

A serious breach of the insurance policy terms could result in the police seizing the vehicle.

How to pick the insurance cover that's right for you

Social only

The car can be used by named drivers for non-work-related driving only – it’s often termed as social, domestic and pleasure use.

Normal day-to-day driving includes visiting family and friends or shopping.

Social and commuting

It provides the same cover as above but adds driving to and from a permanent place of work.

Travelling to a railway station on your way to work, where the car is parked, is usually classed as commuting.

Dropping someone else off at their place of work may be classed as commuting by your insurer if it’s NOT out of your normal route.

Business use

If you want to drive the car for work – beyond just commuting – you’ll need business cover.

It includes all of the regular social, domestic and commuting from above but extends to business-related driving away from your normal place of work.

A statement on its website reads: If no insurance is identified, or if the police officer has significant concerns about a breach of the insurance policy, the police officer can immediately seize the vehicle.

Where the vehicle is being used outside of the policy terms, then MIB shares this information with the insurer to enable them to address the matter with their policyholder.

The insurer will contact their policyholder to investigate this further and may result in the policy being cancelled.

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13. Who is Noel Fitzpatrick? Supervet star, world-famous vet and owner of Fitzpatrick Referrals13:24[−]

NOEL Fitzpatrick is the one vet we would all want looking after our beloved animals.

Best known as Channel 4’s Supervet, Noel works on some of the hardest-to-cure pets and conditions anywhere in the world. Here is his incredible story…

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Who is Noel Fitzpatrick, how old is he and what is his background?

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick is an Irish veterinary surgeon who opened his pioneering private referral practice Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey in 2008.

Since opening the surgery, Noel has taken part in the BBC documentary The Bionic Vet in 2010 and the Channel 4 series The Supervet.

Noel has received a Guinness World Record for his pioneering operation on Oscar the cat, who was the first animal in the world to receive two bionic leg implants.

He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey for the advancement of animal health.

Noel is also a professor and founding member of Orthopaedics in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.

Rather morbidly, Noel has also revealed that he’s planned how he’s going to die, saying: “I intend to die standing up operating, like a horse with my kneecaps locked.”

He’s also admitted to loving animals because he has no human friends, adding: “Animals put the human in humanity – they make us the best we can be.”

Noel’s pioneering private referral practice Fitzpatrick Referrals is the location of Channel 4’s TV series The Supervet

What is his show The Supervet about?

The Supervet is a TV series on Channel 4 which follows Noel Fitzpatrick and his team at Fitzpatrick Referrals in Eashing, Surrey.

In the series Noel works on some of the hardest-to-cure pets from across the country and attempt to cure animals that might otherwise be beyond saving.

It finished its ninth series in April, with its first series airing in 2014.

The tenth series premiered in September.

The show returns this Christmas with a festivity special.

What else has Noel Fitzpatrick done?

Noel has also tried his hand at acting and has starred in a number of films and TV shows during the late 90s and early 00s.

His first credited role was in The Bill as Terry/ Maurice Thacker from 1999 to 2001.

He also starred in Heartbeat from 2000 for two years as Andre Lawrence/ Gabriel.

Noel’s first film appearance was in 2003 horror film The Devil’s Tattoo.


14. Ahmed Hegazi signs for West Brom on a permanent deal after successful loan from Al Ahly13:24[−]

AHMED HEGAZI has signed for West Brom on a permanent basis after West Brom decided to activate a clause in his deal to make the move permanent.

The Egypt international was on loan from Al Ahly since July and he has signed 4?-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Ahmed Hegazi goes up for an aerial challenge with Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford
Ahmed Hegazi goes up for an aerial challenge with Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford
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Hegazi was in the West Brom side that lost 2-1 to Manchester United yesterday – a match that was memorable for his run-ins with United forward Marcus Rashford.

The 26-year-old defender had been initially on loan at the Hawthorns with a view to making the switch permanent, but after Alan Pardew took over last month, the Baggies boss wanted to make the move permanent.

The West Brom gaffer said: “This is great news for the club – Ahmed has been absolutely terrific for me since I arrived and I am sure there is even more to come from him in the future.

“He is one of the players we can build around on the road ahead.

Ahmed Hegazi scored his first goal for West Brom back in August against Bournemouth
Ahmed Hegazi scored his first goal for West Brom back in August against Bournemouth
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Ahmed Hegazi and Marcus Rashford had a verbal back and forth during West Brom's defeat to Manchester United yesterday
Ahmed Hegazi and Marcus Rashford had a verbal back and forth during West Brom’s defeat to Manchester United yesterday
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“He has a big role to play and it is good for the player and the club to remove any doubts and make the transfer permanent.

“I’m sure it is something the supporters will also welcome.”

More to follow…


15. What is meningitis, what are the symptoms of Darius Campbells condition, how do you get it and is there a vaccine?13:23[−]

IT can be mistaken as the flu or even a hangover – but knowing the symptoms of potentially deadly meningitis could save your life.

Meningitis can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. We reveal all about the disease that Pop Idol star Darius Campbell contracted…

Do you know the symptoms of meningitis? The red ticks show symptoms that are the most common and more specific to meningitis and septicaemia and less common in other illnesses, the black ticks are symptoms that could be mistaken for another illness
The red ticks show symptoms that are the most common and more specific to meningitis and septicaemia and less common in other illnesses, the black ticks are symptoms that could be mistaken for another illness
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What is meningitis?

It is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and can be caused by meningococcal bacteria and viral meningitis.

If it is not treated quickly, meningitis can cause life-threatening septicaemia (blood poisoning) and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves.

The two forms of the disease have different symptoms.

Around 3,200 people a year get bacterial meningitis. One in 10 die and many more are left with life-changing disabilities.

Viral forms of meningitis are less common and rarely life-threatening, but can have lifelong effects.

Infections peak during winter when bugs spread more easily in confined spaces.

How do you get meningitis?

Meningitis is usually passed on from people who carry the virus or bacterial form in their throat or nose, but aren’t ill themselves.

It can be spread through kissing, sneezing, coughing and sharing household items such as toothbrushes or cutlery.

It is thought that the bacteria are able to invade the body more easily via the nose and throat during winter due to recent infection with flu virus.

The illness can be caught from someone who is ill with meningitis but this is more rare.

There are several types of vaccinations to prevent against the disease, which can be given to babies as young as eight weeks

What are the symptoms of meningitis?

The symptoms of meningitis develop suddenly and include:

  • A high fever over 37.5 degrees – the average human temperature
  • being sick
  • a headache
  • a blotchy rash that doesn’t fade when a glass is rolled over it
  • stiffness, especially in the neck
  • sensitivity to bright lights
  • drowsiness, irritability or lack of energy
  • cold hands and feet
  • seizures
It can be mistaken for the flu or even a hangover
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The classic rash associated with meningitis usually looks like small, red pinpricks at first.

But it will spread over the body and turn into red or purple blotches.

If you press the side of a glass firmly against the skin where the rash is and it does not fade, it is a sign of blood poisoning and you should get medical help immediately.

The Meningitis Research Foundation has warned the symptoms can easily be mistaken for a hangover.

The charity urged people to look out for the symptoms in family and friends during winter, when the illness is more prevalent.

On average there are three times as many cases of the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in January compared with September.

In the last couple of years there has been a rise in cases of a particularly deadly type among teenagers and young adults the MenW ST-11 strain.

The fatality rate has been 12 per cent compared to around 5 per cent for other strains of meningitis.

Bacterial meningitis is more deadly, killing 10 per cent of patients

In babies, the symptoms can be slightly different.

They may:

  • refuse to eat
  • be agitated and not want to be picked up
  • have a bulging soft spot in their head
  • be floppy and unresponsive
  • have an unusual, high-pitched cry
  • have a stiff body

More than a third of parents do not know the early symptoms of the killer disease.

Research has found 38 per cent of mums and dads wrongly thought a rash is the first sign of the killer infection, when actually the spots only appear when the child is already very ill.

It is often hard for doctors to diagnose meningitis and the parents of five-year-old Kelsey Smart were awarded a five-figure settlement after their daughter died after being wrongly diagnosed with a stomach bug.
Kelsey died after three different GPs failed to recognise her condition and send her to A&E.
Her parents Hannah and Jamie say it cripples them inside to think their little girl could have been saved, and hope speaking out may stop other families from having to suffer.

In cases of sepsis, the rash will not fade if you press a glass to it
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Is there a vaccine for meningitis?

There are several vaccinations that offer protection against meningitis.

They can be given to babies and young adults.

They are

  • The Meningitis B vaccine: this is for babies aged eight weeks, followed by a second dose at 16 weeks and a booster at one year. It will protect your baby against infection by meningococcal group B bacteria, which is responsible for more than 90 per cent of infections in young children.
  • 5-in-1 vaccine: this is offered to babies at eight, 12 and 16 weeks of age. This won’t just protect against meningitis, but will also protect against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio.
  • Pneumococcal vaccine: this is offered to babies at eight weeks, 16 weeks and one year. It will protect against pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis.
  • Meningitis C vaccine: This is offered at 1 year of age, and to teenagers and first-time university students. The success of this vaccine means there are almost no cases of that strain of meningitis in the UK anymore.
  • MMR vaccine: This is offered to babies at one year and a second dose at three years and four months. It protects against measles, mumps and rubella, which can lead to meningitis and septicaemia.
  • Meningitis ACWY vaccine: This is offered to teenagers, sixth formers and “fresher” students going to university for the first time. The vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia meningococcal A, C, W and Y diseases.

Are students vaccinated against meningitis?

A rise in the number of students being struck down by deadly meningitis has prompted health experts to urge all students to get the Men ACWY jab.

The vaccine protects against group W meningococcal disease, which can cause meningitis and septicaemia.

The warning comes as more young people are struck by the deadly disease.

Cases of the highly contagious strain of Men W bacteria increased from 22 in England in 2009/10 to 210 in 2015/16.

As a result the Men W jab was added to the national immunisation programme in August 2015.

Now, Public Health England are encouraging all older teenagers and uni students to get vaccinated to protect themselves.

This age group is thought to be at higher risk of infection because they mix closely with lots of new people.

The risk is greater because some of those people may unknowingly carry the meningococcal bacteria in the backs of their noses and throats.

While more than two million eligible young people have received the MenACWY vaccine, some remain unprotected.

What is the treatment for meningitis?

Bacterial meningitis, which is more dangerous, needs to be treated in hospital for at least a week.

Patients will receive antibiotics, fluids and oxygen.

If it is treated quickly then the prognosis is good, but patients can be left with serious long-term problems including blindness, deafness, loss of limb due to sepsis, problems with memory and concentration, recurrent seizures and problems with co-ordination and balance.

Ten per cent of cases result in death.

Viral infections are less serious and tend to get better on their own within 10 days with plenty of rest and pain killers, but you should always seek medical advice first.

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What is Septicaemia?

Septicaemia, also known as sepsis, is a rare but serious complication of an infection that can quickly lead to multiple organ failure and death.

The blood poisoning occurs when large amounts of bacteria enter the bloodstream.

Bacterial meningitis can lead to septicaemia.

Sepsis can also be caused by viral or fungal infections, although bacterial infections are by far the most common cause.

Symptoms in children under 5:

  • your child may look mottled, bluish or pale
  • is very lethargic and difficult to wake
  • feels abnormally cold to touch
  • is breathing very fast or having difficulty breathing
  • has a rash that does not fade when you press on it
  • is fitting or convulsing
  • has a high temperature
  • refusing to eat or drink
  • has not had a wee for over 12 hours

Symptoms in older children and adults:

  • a high temperature
  • chills and shivering
  • fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing
  • feeling dizzy or faint
  • confusion and disorientation
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea and vomiting
  • slurred speech
  • severe muscle pain
  • breathlessness
  • not urinating for a day
  • cold, clammy and pale skin
  • loss of consciousness

If any of these symptoms develop you should seek medical advice straight away.


16. Career woman, 47, spent ?20k on IVF to become a first time mum AFTER she started to go through the menopause13:22[−]

A CAREER woman of 47, who never got round to having a baby, has forked out ?20,000 on IVF to become a first-time mum at 47 after she began to go through the menopause.

Marketing guru Lisa Forster and her fianc? Michael Owen, 49, were told she had left it too late when they started trying for a baby in 2010.

Lisa with baby Izobel, now 17 months old
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The couple from Newcastle, who had been together since 2006, discovered Lisa’s eggs had started to deteriorate because of her age.

As her age made her ineligible for NHS funding, Lisa underwent two rounds of IVF in the UK which both failed.

But the determined couple refused to give up and finally found out they were expecting after jetting off to South Africa for two more rounds of IVF.

Elated Lisa was so overwhelmed by the positive result of her first pregnancy test that she took FIVE more just to be sure.

Lisa and Michael started trying for a baby in 2010
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While admitting it was strange hearing the much younger ages of the other expectant mums in the hospital waiting room, Lisa said she never let herself worry about the risks of having a baby later in life.

First-time parents Lisa and Michael were overjoyed to welcome their baby girl Izobel Owen into the world the day before Father’s Day on June 18, 2016.

Now Lisa, who is loving being a mum and never begrudges the sleepless night because she feels so lucky, is encouraging other women of all ages not to give up on their IVF journeys.

Izobel, born in June 2016, as a newborn baby
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Lisa, of Newcastle, said: “I always thought I would have a family one day but then I never really got round to it. Life was so busy and I guess we just put it to one side.

“But when we did start trying I found out I had left it too late and I couldn’t have children anymore because of my age.

“I wasn’t really upset by the news, I just remember feeling determined. Michael and I have always been believers in the idea that if you want something enough and you fight for it, you’ll get it.

“We had two rounds of IVF in the UK but they weren’t successful at all. It was really disheartening being told there just weren’t any signs of life.

Lisa spent ?20,000 to get pregnant after her menopause started
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Lisa completed six pregnancy tests in all
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“We would go in to get the embryos transferred to be told there was actually nothing to transfer. It was really hard to go through that. But we kept going and decided to fly to South Africa as they use different IVF drugs.

“It was an expensive endeavour and when the first go failed again it did leave us feeling quite deflated.

“One of my friends who had also been having IVF actually found out she was pregnant at the same time we found out it hadn’t worked.

“It is devastating when everyone seems to be getting what they want and we just couldn’t get pregnant but we agreed to give it one more go.

Lisa’s 13-week scan picture
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“When we found out I was pregnant it made all the time, money and emotion so worth it.

“I tested much earlier than I was meant to and Michael was actually away for business in China. I called him straight away. He was quite reserved, he was too afraid to get excited.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe we were actually going to have a baby. I was so excited, I tested every day just to make sure it kept showing up positive. I took six and I still have them.

“All through my pregnancy, Michael just stayed really reserved. I don’t think he could quite believe it was actually happening after all that time and disappointment.

“But from the moment Izobel was born he was absolutely besotted. We were both over the moon.

Michael, pictured with his newborn daughter, is ‘besotted’
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“Michael is such a brilliant dad. He really looks after us even if he has only changed about three nappies.

“I am loving being a mum. I never complain about being tired or not getting any sleep even if I do have a few more wrinkles because this is what I signed up for. We finally have our dream family.”

In South Africa, Lisa was offered different IVF drugs to those used in the UK and the mum believes this is why they were successful the fourth time around.

When the happy couple found out they were expecting, there were actually two embryos but sadly one lost its heartbeat at six weeks.

Lisa in hospital with newborn Izobel
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Throughout her pregnancy, Lisa had to go for frequent scans due to the complications that can occur with an older mum and with IVF.

Izobel was induced at 39 weeks as her mum’s cervix was short and the doctors were worried that she could be stillborn if Lisa went to full-term.

Despite worries she would be small, miracle baby Izobel was born healthy and weighing 7lbs.

Since bringing her little bundle of joy into the world, Lisa has started running a mums’ fitness blog called No Excuse Mums.

The former fitness instructor is determined to keep fit and healthy so she can be a good role model for Izobel and so she is around for as much of her daughter’s life as possible.

While one toddler to run around after might be more than most couples their age would want to cope with, Michael and Lisa would love to have another child.

Two more of Lisa’s embryos are being kept in South Africa and the mum says she will definitely have them implanted before her 50th birthday.

Lisa said: “We did have to go for a lot of scans while I was pregnant because of the risks with my age and IVF but I tried not to worry.

“It was strange being sat in the waiting room and hearing the ages of other mums. Most of them were born in the 90s and late 80s but I was born in the 70s.

“I think Michael was a bit scared at every scan. It didn’t help when we went for the six-week scan and one of the babies didn’t have a heartbeat. It was so heartbreaking.

“When Izobel arrived there are just no words to describe how amazing it was to meet this little person. I couldn’t stop asking if she was okay. She was perfect.

Lisa now had her own blog for mums who want to stay fit
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“She has thrived so much since she was born. Sometimes I just catch myself looking at her this little one we never thought we were going to have.

“She is here and she is this brilliant little girl. I can’t quite believe how lucky we are.

“I want to do everything I can to make sure I am a good role model for her and I don’t want to be one of those old mums who can’t play or run around.

“My fitness has become a real priority. I want to make sure I am around for as long as possible.”

Mum, of 32, who was told she can never have kids even with IVF gives birth to four naturally in less than a year.

Another mum of 47 recently stunned doctors by giving birth to a baby they thought was CANCER.


17. Who is Ruth Goodman? Inside the life of The Christmas Factory and Victorian Farm presenter and historian13:22[−]

RUTH Goodman has become a staple on some of the BBC’s quirkier historical shows, presenting the likes of Victorian Farm and Inside The Factory.

The 54-year-old has become a household name with her work on some of the nation’s favourite documentaries and magazine shows. Here’s the lowdown on the historian and presenter…

Ruth Goodman has become a staple on the BBC, presenting the likes of Victorian Farm and Inside The Factory
Ruth Goodman has become a staple on the BBC, presenting the likes of Victorian Farm and Inside The Factory[/caption]

Who is Ruth Goodman and what is she an expert in?

The Inside The Factory presenter has helped to host a number of factual and magazine shows since 2005.

Her first big break came on Victorian Farm for BBC Two in 2009, which she presented alongside Stephen Noonan, Peter Ginn, and Alex Langlands.

Following the popularity and success of the show, she has gone on to make a number of factual and magazine shows for TV.

As well as presenting she has also assisted as an adviser on films and TV shows.

Elaine has also written a number of books around her specialist subject of social and domestic life in Britain throughout the ages.

Her first solo work was How To Be A Victorian, which was published in 2014.

Ruth will next appear on Inside The Factory: Christmas 2017.

She will resume her presenting duties on Inside The Factory: Christmas 2017 alongside Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey
She will resume her presenting duties on Inside The Factory: Christmas 2017 alongside Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey[/caption]

What is Inside The Factory: Christmas 2017 about?

Alongside Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey, the historian has presented the show since 2015.

The BBC Two series shines a light on how some of our favourite food and products are made, while it also focuses on how the items and manufacturing process have evolved through time.

This year’s festive instalment of Inside The Factory will once-again delve into the history of some of our favourite Christmas-time products and treats.

Her first big break came on Victorian Farm for BBC Two in 2009, which she presented alongside Stephen Noonan, Peter Ginn (all pictured)
Her first big break came on Victorian Farm for BBC Two in 2009, which she presented alongside Stephen Noonan, Peter Ginn (all pictured)[/caption]

What time is it on and what are the topics this year?

The show will air tonight on BBC Two at 19:30, before heading onto iPlayer.

As usual the three hosts all tackle a different subject on their own.

This year Gregg spends 24 hours on the production side of a cake factory in Oldham , which produces two million Christmas Cakes for Marks and Spencers.

Cherry is given special access to Britain’s largest marzipan factory. She also visits one of the largest sprout farms in the country, before discovering how 80,000 bottles of brandy are distilled.

Ruth adds her own magic to the mix by investigating how our early industrial heritage inspired Charles Dickens’ classic book, A Christmas Carol, amongst other things.


18. Celebrity Big Brother 2018: First pictures of stylish new house and its got a SAUNA in the garden for the all-female launch night13:20[−]

CELEBRITY Big Brother 2018 host Rylan Clark-Neal has revealed the first pictures of the new house – and it’s got a sauna in the garden and a BATH in the living room.

The shows returns next month with an all-new star-studded line-up and fans have been given their first look at where the celebs will be living.

The Celebrity Big Brother house features a bath in the living room
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Rylan, who hosts the show with Emma Willis, took to Twitter today to share the snaps of the new CBB compound.

He teased the release, tweeting: “HOUSE PICTURES INCOMING @bbuk #CBB.”

Ryan then uploaded four shots and wrote: “Your brand new Celebrity Big Brother House. #CBB launches Tuesday 2nd January at 9pm on @channel5_tv @bbuk x.”

There is a sauna in the garden so the stars can work up a sweat
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The house has plenty of new features to keep the housemates entertained, including an Alpine-style sauna in the garden where the housemates will be able to work up a sweat.

There is also a glam copper bath placed right in the middle of the living rooms so housemates will be able to have a wash right next to everyone sitting on the sofas.

There could be some VERY awkward moments in the new lounge-turned-bathroom.

The house appears to have been given a glam makeover for the celebrities, who will be entering the compound when the show kicks off on January 2.

The housemates will be able to cook up treats in the glam kitchen
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The kitchen has all wooden surfaces and copper accessories, with matching chairs and an industrial-style dining table.

The housemates will be able to sip Champagne from glass flutes and eat their dinners from stylish china.

The living room continues the copper-theme with a glam nest of tables in the middle of the room.

There are three sofas all in different colours, one pink, one brown and one green.

There are plenty of sofas for them to lounge on
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It comes after Celebrity Big Brother started teasinjg seven of this years housemates by giving fans just a glimpse of their eyes.

The show, which will initially feature just women, kicks off on January 2 and viewers have started trying to guess who the famous faces are.

Super fans are convinced theyve managed to work it out – thanks to a little detective work – and their guesses including

When the first eye was teased, it wasnt long until fans started speculating and soon came up with Paisley Billings and India Willoughby, the trailblazing BBC News presenter who is one of Britain’s most famous trans women.

Fans have struggled to guess this eye
This one feature thick black eye-liner but who could it belong to?

Other names that have been linked to the show this year so far are Jacqueline Jossa and her co-star Lorna Fitzgerald, Sinitta, Louise Thompson and Wayne Rooney party girl Laura Simpson?

But do you think any of these eyes match those ladies?

This is a very unusual eye – can you guess whose it is?

The Sun Online previously revealed she had been approached to do the show, with a source saying: “India is in talks to sign up for the show- they’d love to land her.

“She’s outspoken would be amazing television.”

Lingerie brand owner Michelle Mone is also rumoured to be in the mix as she been linked to the house for some time, with The Sun previously revealing she turned down a whopping ?350k to take part.

Corrie star Shobna’s Gulati – thanks to the eyelashes and eye shape.

The actress, who played Sunita Alahan on the soap, was first tipped to take part over the summer, but could now be her time?

All will be revealed next month.

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19. Woman fuming after husband bought her a chutney gift set for Christmas but spent THREE TIMES more on his mumbut whose side are you on?13:19[−]

A WOMAN was left fuming after she discovered her husband bought her a chutney gift set for Christmas after he spent THREE TIMES more on his mum.

The disgruntled wife took to Mumsnet to explain that she “hated” the present especially after she helped him choose a gift for his mum that she said she “would have loved”.

The woman was furious when she relaised her husband was giving her a chutney set for Christmas when he spent three times more on his mum
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The forum user, known as lilypoppet, said: “I’ve realized DH has bought me a gift set of chutneys this year and I hate it.

“Especially as I helped him choose a lovely gift for his mother which cost three times as much and which I would have loved.

“I can’t even take it back because it’s gift food. Is that all I’m worth to him a tenners worth of chutneys?”

Plenty of people jumped to her defence agreeing that she wasn’t being unreasonable for being disappointed.

The woman was disappointed that her husband was giving her chutney for Christmas
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One woman said: “Of course you’re not being unreasonable. Tell him that it’s great that he is so prepared and bought the Christmas chutney for the house and so could you talk about things that you’d like for Christmas.”

And another said: “That’s a s*** present and I’d be pretty upset at that! No thought has gone into it and it’s just a set he saw in a supermarket/market stall and grabbed it being thoughtless and lazy!”

While another joked: “If thats really your present then its a s*** present and he must be punished.”

But others didn’t agree. One woman said: “Why are so many people whinging about what their DPs have gotten them this year? I’d appreciate a chutney tray with some posh cheese.”

The woman took to Mumsnet to ask if she was being unreasonable for being angry
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Others suggested it may just be a decoy present. One said: ” I hope he has a proper present hidden away for you.”

But lilypoppet dashed these hopes by explaining: “No he doesn’t have a decent gift tucked away.

“He has wrapped them and put them under the tree with our children’s names in as well, even though they got me gifts anyway.

“It’s so impersonal and unromantic I feel insulted really. That he has so little respect for me.”

One person was very critical of the woman: “In the grand scheme of things it doesnt really matter. You sound quite materialistic, which isnt an attractive quality.”

When asked why he chose the food gift lilypoppet responded: “We were in the supermarket last week and I said I love pickles, but I didn’t mean I wanted them as a gift!”

In another heated Mumsnet exchange, a mum sparked fierce debate after asking if its OK to leave a TODDLER alone in the car when paying for petrol so where do you stand?

Another mum recently sparked a debate after revealing her husband escorted his four-year-old daughter into the LADIES loos.

While this woman wanted to re-wrap some of her toddlers birthday presents for Christmas and other parents were outraged.


20. BBC Sports Personality of the Year hit with fix claims as Mo Farah seen with award on his chair before winner announced but theres a reason13:19[−]

BBC Sports Personality of the Year has been hit with fix claims as Mo Farah was spotted with the award on his chair BEFORE the winner was announced.

Twitter users were sent into a frenzy after spotting the trophy next to him, with voting not even open at the time.

Mo Farah was spotted with the SPOTY award before winner was announced
Mo Farah was spotted with the SPOTY award before winner was announced

Farah was not present on the evening, as he was left looking after his kids.

On his non-appearance, the British running superstar said: My family and I are in the middle of moving back to the UK right now.

“Im looking after all four of the kids this weekend while my wife Tania is back in the US packing up the last of our stuff.

“Our girls have just started their new school in London, so were staying close to home to help them all settle into their new life.”

Twitter users are convinced this year's SPOTY was a total fix
Twitter users are convinced this year’s SPOTY was a total fix
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On the early trophy appearance, eagle-eyed viewers were left perplexed by the situation, taking to Twitter to share their conspiracy-laden thoughts.

One social media user tweeted “Any reason why Mo Farah had a trophy next to him before the voting was even open?? #spoty fix”

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Another claimed: “Mo Farah’s daughter so surprised he won yet she’s sat there with the trophy on her lap.”

One viewer angrily vented: “Rigged to f*** this #spoty Mo Farah hasnt attended the ceremony.

Mo Farah could be clearly seen with the trophy before he was crowned the winner
Mo Farah could be clearly seen with the trophy before he was crowned the winner
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“Yet theyve just handed him the trophy? Yet theres another trophy on stage!”

Another said: “Why did Mo Farah and his daughter look so shocked, she was sat with the trophy on her lap.”

A further tweeter pondered: “Why does Mo Farah look so shocked considering the trophy is on his daughters lap??”

Meanwhile one added: “How did they have the trophy at Mo Farahs house if the voting opened half an hour ago? #SPOTY2017 fix”

One explanation would be that all competitors not present were given 'dummy' trophy
One explanation would be that all competitors not present were given ‘dummy’ trophy
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However, the logical answer would be that all candidates had a trophy on standby should they have been crowned this year’s winner.

After all, a host of other candidates on the shortlist, including Lewis Hamilton, were not present in Liverpool for Sunday’s event.

This is not the first time a winner has not been present for the occasion, with Andy Murray receiving the award while at his Florida training base on more than one occasion.

But naturally, it hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theorists of Twitter from calling it all a fix…


21. What are the Birds Of The Feather cast Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph up to now and what shows have they starred in?13:19[−]

THE Essex birds are back and will be hitting screens for a Christmas special this year.

But what are the popular cast up to now, and which shows have they starred in?

Linda, Pauline Quirke and Lesley Joseph are reuniting for a Christmas special this year[/caption]

Who’s in the Birds Of A Feather cast?

The ITV show stars leading ladies Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph, will play the characters Sharon, Tracey and Dorien respectively.

The show originally aired on BBC One, but was off-air for 16 years between 1998 and 2014.

It was then revived for a full series on ITV.

When the show rebooted, the stars feared they might be too old and would be recast but this year will mark the third Christmas special they have returned for.

The show originally aired on BBC One, but was off-air for 16 years between 1998 and 2014[/caption]

What is Pauline Quirke up to now? What shows has she starred in?

Pauline Quirke plays the Sharon Theodopolopodous who moves into sister Traceys expensive Essex house after their husbands are sent to prison for armed robbery.

Her role has seen her win the 1990 British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer.

She started acting at the age of eight when she starred in Dixon of Dock Green and has gone on to be part of many famous productions.

She was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actress for her role in the 1996 The Sculptress.

Other shows she has starred in include Maisie Raine (199899), Down to Earth (200003), Emmerdale (201012) and most recently Broadchurch (201317).

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Pauline Quirke starred in gripping drama Broadchurch as Susan Wright[/caption]

What is Linda Robson up to now? What shows has she starred in?

Linda plays Tracey Stubbs, the sister of Pauline Quirkes character.

The English actress has starred in the likes of The Bill and Casualty, as well as becoming a regular panellist on Loose Women.

In 2012 she starred on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and finished in ninth place.

In September 2017 she revealed shes lost over two stone in six months after ditching sweet treats.

She also recently starred in a documentary called Gone to Pot America Road Trip, which saw her star alongside Christopher Biggins and Pam St Clement as they hopped on a bus on a journey across America.

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Linda Robson is a regular face on Loose Women and recently starred in Gone to Pot America Road Trip[/caption]

What is Lesley Joseph up to now?

Lesley plays the Birds Of A Feather sisters next door neighbour and friend Dorien Green.

The London-based actress has made a name for herself on TV and on the stage.

Her recent stage performances include playing Miss Hannigan in 2015 for certain showings of Annie, and in 2016/17, she starred in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.

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Lesley was teamed up with Anton Du Beke on Strictly in 2016[/caption]

She has also starred in The Vagina Monologues in 2004, been a newspaper reviewer on This Morning, acted in The Secrets of Asylum (2014), and took part in ITVs sheep herding show Flockstars (2015).

Lesley began a radio show in 2008 on BBC London 94.9 with Christopher Biggins, airing every Sunday between 9am to 12pm.

In 2016 she took to the floor in Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Anton du Beke, but was sadly eliminated in week five.

This year she was a participant on Celebrity 5 Go Motorhoming, and she starred in Young Frankenstein as Frau Blucher at the Garrick Theatre in Newcastle.


22. Anna Friel wakes up from a boozy night out wearing nothing but her lacy underwear in TV show The Girlfriend Experience13:18[−]

ANNA Friel’s character in political drama The Girlfriend Experience has been left with a sore head following a rather heavy night of drinking.

Fans of the US show watched Erica Myles, played by Anna, reach for the booze in Sunday night’s episode before waking up in her underwear.

Anna Friel plays finance director Erica in The Girlfriend Experience
The Girlfriend Experience
Anna’s latest scenes showed her staggering around in underwear after Erica had a heavy night of drinking

Earlier in the show, finance director Erica was seen attempting to hide a huge workplace scandal from her colleagues.

With the pressure becoming all too much, she decided to crack open a bottle.

Unfortunately, however, things soon spiralled out of control.

Erica was seen staggering around her living room of her apartment wearing nothing but a black lace bra and knickers.

The Girlfriend Experience
Erica hit the bottle after struggling to contain a big workplace scandal
Alarm bells rang when she didn’t turn up to the office the next day

Being forced to miss work, the dishevelled businesswoman was seen crawling across the floor and sprawled on the sofa.

Erica’s unexpected absence from the office raised a few eyebrows and help soon arrived in the form of her ex-fling Sandra, who despite their past, kindly carried her to bed.

Anna was cast as lesbian character Erica for the second series of The Girlfriend Experience, which premiered in the US in November.

Earlier this month, Erica was seen leaving one of her lovers close to tears after pushing her away in a very steamy encounter.

Help soon arrived in the form of Erica’s ex-fling Sandra
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Despite their past, Sandra was seen helping Erica to bed

Speaking about her latest role, the Rochdale-born star told Metro.US that she wanted the audience Stateside to look beyond her naked scenes and concentrate at the bigger story.

She explained: Its not unnecessary [the nudity]. Weve got to concentrate on it as a piece of work.

Ive never really had an issue with nudity as long as I didnt ever feel like I was made to do it or thought that it was salacious.

But if youre dealing with something where you know that sex is going to be involved, its something that we really shouldnt shy away from.

Anna famously helped to portray the first lesbian kiss on a British soap back in the early nineties on Brookside alongside Nicola Stephenson.

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23. Plumpton racecard, results and TV schedule: Todays tips, runners, results and stats for the meeting live on At The Races, this Monday, December 1813:17[−]

RACING takes place at Plumpton today and we have you covered with all the latest runners, results, tips and going news.

Get yourself along to the racecourse or watch on tv as racing gets underway this afternoon.


Plumpton racecourse
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What time does racing start at Plumpton?

The first race is at 12.20pm.

There are seven races on the card and the last race is due off at 3.30pm.

What TV channel is Plumpton on?

You can watch the racing at Plumpton on At The Races.

Attheraces is on Sky channel 415, Virgin channel 534, and UPC in Ireland on channel 418.

What is the going at the racecourse?

The going is currently Soft, Heavy in Places.

Racecourse information with leading jockeys and trainers with runners today:

  • Left-handed, tight, undulating track of 1m 1f, with 7 fences to a circuit and a 200yd uphill run-in.
  • Leading trainers (2012-2017): G L Moore 49-266, C Gordon 26-163, A King 17-48, P Henderson 15-67.
  • Leading jockeys (2012-2017): T Cannon 31-229, Jamie Moore 26-185, Joshua Moore 26-141, M Goldstein 25-199.
  • Longest traveller: Blue April (2.25) trained at Dulverton. Round trip of 388 miles.
  • P Henderson won the 3.00 in 2013 and 2016.
  • C Tizzard won the 1.50 in 2007 and 2016.
  • G L Moore won the 12.20 in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Templegate’s tips for today’s meeting at Plumpton:

  • 12.20 Lisp
  • 12.50 Fixe Le Kap
  • 1.20 New To This Town (NAP)
  • 1.50 Bears Rails
  • 2.25 Kastani Beach
  • 3.00 Stoical Patient
  • 3.30 Hideaway Vic

Today’s Plumpton racecards and results:

Templegate's treble

NAP 1.20 Plumpton – New To This Town: ‘Won on stable debut last time and should appreciate the return to this longer trip’ (add to your betslip)

NEXT BEST 2.05 Ffos Las – Holdbacktheriver: ‘Ran well behind a decent prospect last time and can improve on that here’ (add to your betslip)

TREBLE 2.00 Wolverhampton – Barnaby Brook: ‘Loves it here and ran really well when second here on his last start’ (add to your betslip)


24. RTE sports producer pleads guilty to charges of attempted grooming and trying to incite a child to engage in sexual activity13:17[−]

AN RTE sports producer has admitted sex offences at Leeds Crown Court.

Kieran Creaven, 54, pleaded guilty to grooming and trying to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Kieran Creaven arrives at Leeds Crown Court this morning
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Mr Creaven was charged last month after he was arrested by police in Leeds.

He was charged with attempting to meet a child following grooming and attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, namely kissing and cuddling.

The 54-year-old is accused of grooming and trying to incite a child to engage in sexual activity

The two charges relate to a period of time between July 1 and 18 November 2017.

The Dubliner was released on bail under strict conditions and allowed to return home after appearing before Leeds Magistrates Court.

He has been suspended from his role with the State broadcaster pending the outcome of the case.

25. Musselburgh racecard, results and TV schedule: Todays tips, runners, results and stats for the meeting live on Racing UK, this Monday, December 1813:15[−]

There will be an inspection at 11am for today’s meeting

RACING takes place at Musselburgh today and we have you covered with all the latest runners, results, tips and going news.

Get yourself along to the racecourse or watch on tv as racing gets underway this afternoon.


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What time does racing start at Musselburgh?

The first race is at 12.10pm.

There are seven races on the card and the last race is due off at 3.20pm.

What TV channel is Musselburgh on?

You can watch the racing at Musselburgh on Racing UK.

Racing UK is on Sky channel 432, Virgin channel 536, and UPC in Ireland on channel 411.

What is the going at the racecourse?

The going is currently Good to Soft.

Racecourse information with leading jockeys and trainers with runners today:

  • Right-handed flat track of just under 1m 3f with 8 fences to a circuit and a 150yd run-in.
  • Leading trainers (2012-2017): Miss L Russell 29-237, D McCain 28-135, A M Thomson 13-55, Mrs R Dobbin 8-65.
  • Leading jockeys (2012-2017): B Hughes 31-177, Craig Nichol 11-96, Derek Fox 10-75, D Cook 9-74.
  • Longest travellers: Fraser Canyon (12.40), Champagne Chaser (1.10), Nathans Pride (2.15), Scrutinise (3.20) trained at Cowbridge. Round trip of 762 miles.

Templegate’s tips for today’s meeting at Musselburgh:

  • 12.10 Silver Concorde
  • 12.40 Lady London
  • 1.10 Strong Economy
  • 1.40 Some Reign
  • 2.15 Benny’s Secret
  • 2.50 John Williams
  • 3.20 Wot A Shot

Today’s Musselburgh racecards and results:

Templegate's treble

NAP 1.20 Plumpton – New To This Town: ‘Won on stable debut last time and should appreciate the return to this longer trip’ (add to your betslip)

NEXT BEST 2.05 Ffos Las – Holdbacktheriver: ‘Ran well behind a decent prospect last time and can improve on that here’ (add to your betslip)

TREBLE 2.00 Wolverhampton – Barnaby Brook: ‘Loves it here and ran really well when second here on his last start’ (add to your betslip)


26. El Clasico FREE: How to watch and live stream Real Madrid vs Barcelona without paying a penny13:12[−]

REAL MADRID host Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the season in La Liga.

Only a victory will be enough for Zinedine Zidane’s men who find themselves down in fourth position.

Lionel Messi netted a last minute winner at the Bernabeu last season

And UK viewers can watch one of sport’s biggest events without paying a penny.

When is Real Madrid vs Barcelona?

Real Madrid host Barcelona on Saturday, December 23.

The match will kick off at 12pm UK time, or 1pm in the Spanish capital.

It will take place at the Bernabeu.

What TV channel is Real Madrid vs Barcelona on?

Real Madrid vs Barcelona will be live on Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Mix and Sky 1.

You will also be able to follow all the action on the SunSport LIVE BLOG.

How do I watch and live stream Real Madrid vs Barcelona for free?

Sky Sports Mix can be found on channel 407 for Sky TV customers.

Subscribers to Virgin can watch on channel 507.

The channel is FREE for all Sky TV subscribers.


27. Ffos Las racecard, results and TV schedule: Todays tips, runners, results and stats for the meeting live on At The Races, this Monday, December 1813:11[−]

RACING takes place at Ffos Las today and we have you covered with all the latest runners, results, tips and going news.

Get yourself along to the racecourse or watch on tv as racing gets underway this afternoon.


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What time does racing start at Ffos Las?

The first race is at 12.30pm.

There are seven races on the card and the last race is due off at 3.45pm.

What TV channel is Ffos Las on?

You can watch the racing at Ffos Las on At The Races.

Attheraces is on Sky channel 415, Virgin channel 534, and UPC in Ireland on channel 418.

What is the going at the racecourse?

The going is currently Heavy.

Racecourse information with leading jockeys and trainers with runners today:

  • Left-handed course of 1m 4f. There are 6 flights and 9 fences per circuit.
  • Leading trainers (2012-2017): P Bowen 47-293, E Williams 46-356, Miss R Curtis 45-181, N Twiston-Davies 36-176.
  • Leading jockeys (2012-2017): R Johnson 27-142, T Scudamore 27-131, Sean Bowen 23-120, A Wedge 22-168.
  • Longest travellers: Just Your Type (1.00), Aaron Lad (1.00), Capitoul (2.40) trained at Claines. Round trip of 306 miles.

Templegate’s tips for today’s meeting at Ffos Las:

  • 12.30 Hurricane Rita
  • 1.00 Fiscal Space
  • 1.30 Minella Scamp
  • 2.05 Holdbacktheriver (nb)
  • 2.40 Rayvin Black
  • 3.15 Misty Mai
  • 3.45 A Book Of Intrigue

Today’s Ffos Las racecards and results:

Templegate's treble

NAP 1.20 Plumpton – New To This Town: ‘Won on stable debut last time and should appreciate the return to this longer trip’ (add to your betslip)

NEXT BEST 2.05 Ffos Las – Holdbacktheriver: ‘Ran well behind a decent prospect last time and can improve on that here’ (add to your betslip)

TREBLE 2.00 Wolverhampton – Barnaby Brook: ‘Loves it here and ran really well when second here on his last start’ (add to your betslip)


28. December global festivities marked by Google Doodle how is the search engine celebrating Christmas 2017?13:10[−]

THE countdown to Christmas 2017 is in full swing, with a matter of days to go until we’ll be opening our presents and tucking in to festive feasts.

With the holiday spirit spreading across the world, Google are getting on the act here’s how they’re marking the Christmas period.


The Google Doodles feature penguin and parrot pals

How is Google marking Christmas 2017?

Google are beginning the countdown to Christmas with a festive series of Doodles, beginning on Monday, December 18.

Interactive, animated images feature penguins and parrots arranging to spend the big day together.

In the first of the cartoonish designs, displayed on the search engine’s homepage across much of the world, we see the penguins packing their suitcases for a trip to see their parrot pals.

A series of boxes marked 25, 31 and 1 in another image hint that the follow-up Doodles will appear on some of the standout dates in the Christmas holiday period.

In the first festive Doodle we see the penguins packing their bags for a Christmas holiday[/caption]

Teasing their festive concept, Google said: “The festive season is here and this pair of slippery-footed siblings are excited to spend time with their warm-weather relatives!

“Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks to see what kind of fun this feathery family has in store.”

Another Doodle teases when we’ll learn the next stages of the birds’ tale[/caption]

Why is Christmas Day on December 25?

Christmas Day is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but there is actually no official date of the birth recorded in the bible.

By the early-to-mid fourth century the Western Christian Church placed Christmas day on December 25.

It is thought that date was chosen as it is exactly nine months after the Christians believe Jesus was immaculately conceived, on March 25.

December 25 might have also been chosen because the winter solstice and the ancient pagan midwinter festivals called Saturnalia and Dies Natalis Solis Invicti took place around this date.

The solstice, marking the year’s shortest day, meant winter was over and spring was coming to pagans with Romans dedicating the time to the god Saturn.

Dies Natalis Solis Invicti translates to birthday of the unconquered sun and was held on December 25, when the Romans thought winter solstice took place.

Early Christians may have given this festival a new meaning and adopted it to be the birth of Christ.

What is a Google Doodle?

In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message to that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.

The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.

Google celebrated the Autumn Equinox with a themed doodle

In that same year, a turkey was added to Thanksgiving and two pumpkins appeared as the ‘o’s for Halloween the following year.

Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.

Among recent Doodles were ones commemorating German scientist Robert Koch, Jan Ingenhousz (who discovered photosynthesis) and the 50th anniversary of kids coding languages being introduced.

Earlier in the year, the search giant celebrated the 2017 Autumn Equinox , which marked the official ending of summer and the coming of autumn.


29. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to battle it out for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey13:10[−]

ARSENAL will battle with Chelsea and Manchester United to land Leon Bailey in January.

Bailey has taken the Bundesliga by storm scoring seven goals in the Germany this season.

Arsenal have joined race to sign Leon Bailey in January
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The 20-year-old only joined Leverkusen in January from Genk, but has already established himself as a crucial member of Heiko Herrlichs squad.

The winger underlined his importance by coming off the bench to bag a brace as Leverkusen drew 4-4 at Hannover on Sunday.

Leverkusen are in the mix for the Champions League places and Baileys contribution has alerted a host of Premier League outfits, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Clubs from Spain and Italy are closely monitoring Bailey, however it looked like Chelsea were in pole-position to bag the speedy Jamaican next month.

Arsene Wenger insists he will not be selling Sanchez next month
Arsene Wenger wants Leon Bailey at the Emirates in January, according to reports
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Leon Bailey scores his second in Leverkusen draw at Hannover on Sunday

Blues boss Antonio Conte is looking to add to his squad in January as the race for the top four gathers pace.

However, Arsene Wenger is looking to wrap up a deal next month tabling an initial ?15million bid.

ALL THE FEE IN CHINA Alexis Sanchez snubs stunning ?400,000-a-week China deal to join Man City

With the prospect of losing Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the next six months, Wenger thinks Bailey would be an ideal capture to appease the Gunners faithful.

Manchester United are also monitoring his situation but look to be behind their Premier League rivals for the exciting attacker who has become one of the hottest prospects in European football.


30. England World Cup 2018 football fans ripped off by Russian hotels charging 100 TIMES the normal rates during tournament13:09[−]

ENGLAND fans heading to Russia will be forced to pay through the nose for accommodation – with some hotels cashing in by hiking their prices by over ONE HUNDRED TIMES.

Desperate Three Lions fans hoping to catch the final group game against Belgium could end up shelling out ?1,650 at Kaliningrad’s Hotel Agora – even through the same room can be snapped up for just ?16 today.

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England fans face paying 100 times the usual hotel prices, on top of a ?220 ticket to watch Gareth Southgate’s men face off Kevin De Bruyne and co[/caption]

The outrageous price hike means fans could end up paying 103 times the greedy hotel’s normal asking price, on top of a ?220 ticket to watch Gareth Southgate’s men face off Kevin De Bruyne and co.

Furious Russian officials ordered a probe into rates after hard-up fans complained that the Gallery Park Hotel in Volgograd is charging ?703 for a standard twin room in June that would cost just ?20.30 now.

The presidential suite at the same hotel is currently going for ?76.70 a night – but jumps to ?1,654 for when England fans are due to arrive in the city for their opening game against Tunisia.

Russia’s Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection has threatened hotel bosses with ?650 fines for unreasonable price hikes – but greedy Agora managers could pay it twice over with the profit on just one room.

Furious Russian officials ordered a probe into prices after hard-up fans complained about the skyrocketing rates

The bureau’s Yevgeny Reznikov said: “An administrative case was opened against the hotel on the count of illegally overstating administered prices.

“People simply cannot understand where such prices come from.”

Fans will also have to shell out ?268 for a bed at Volgograd’s Lite Hotel if they want somewhere to sleep before watching England take on Panama – but the the usual price for a room is just ?10.

And the grim Nizhiny Hostel in Nizhiny Novgorod will force fans to cough up ?217 for a twin room – 13 times the usual rate of ?16.

Labour MP Grahame Morris blasted: “FIFA and the football authorities should ensure fans attending the World Cup are not being overcharged.”

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31. Wolverhampton racecard, results and TV schedule: Todays tips, runners, results and stats for the meeting live on At The Races, this Monday, December 1813:08[−]

RACING takes place at Wolverhampton today and we have you covered with all the latest runners, results, tips and going news.

Get yourself along to the racecourse or watch on tv as racing gets underway this afternoon.


Wolverhampton racecourse

What time does racing start at Wolverhampton?

The first race is at 2.00pm.

There are seven races on the card and the last race is due off at 5.10pm.

What TV channel is Wolverhampton on?

You can watch the racing at Wolverhampton on At The Races.

Attheraces is on Sky channel 415, Virgin channel 534, and UPC in Ireland on channel 418.

What is the going at the racecourse?

The all-weather Tapeta track is rated as Standard.

Racecourse information with leading jockeys and trainers with runners today:

  • Left-handed, very tight Tapeta track of 1m, with a 330yd run-in. Races over 6f and 7f start on separate chutes.
  • Leading trainers (2012-2017): P Evans 102-837, M Johnston 88-522, R Fahey 74-585, M Botti 68-350.
  • Leading jockeys (2012-2017): L Morris 214-1466, M Harley 82-455, R Kingscote 80-496, S W Kelly 67-550.
  • Longest travellers: Archipeligo (2.00) & Bernies Boy (2.35) trained at Carrutherstown. Round trip of 410 miles.

Templegate’s tips for today’s meeting at Wolverhampton:

  • 2.00 Barnaby Brook (treble)
  • 2.35 Ballymore Castle
  • 3.10 Hamish Mcgonagain
  • 3.40 Tiger Lyon
  • 4.10 Hasanoanda
  • 4.40 Blue Harmony
  • 5.10 Middle Creek

Today’s Wolverhampton racecards and results:

Templegate's treble

NAP 1.20 Plumpton – New To This Town: ‘Won on stable debut last time and should appreciate the return to this longer trip’ (add to your betslip)

NEXT BEST 2.05 Ffos Las – Holdbacktheriver: ‘Ran well behind a decent prospect last time and can improve on that here’ (add to your betslip)

TREBLE 2.00 Wolverhampton – Barnaby Brook: ‘Loves it here and ran really well when second here on his last start’ (add to your betslip)


32. When is Al Murrays Make Christmas Great Again on TV and who is appearing alongside him?13:07[−]

Al Murray is heading to our screens this Christmas for a festive special commissioned by ITV, called Make Christmas Great Again.

The Pub Landlord is returning for a one-off show – heres the lowdown

Al Murray is returning to Make Christmas Great Again
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What is Al Murrays Make Christmas Great Again?

Al Murray is back with his trademark humour and this time he will be engaging in seasonal games featuring celebrity guests.

The special will take place in The Reindeers Head, home of The Pub Landlord.

He will be leading festive sing-a-longs with the audience and inviting members of the public to win early Christmas presents in games such as Wrong Answer and Robot Reindeer Rodeo – where a celebrity guest will be climbing on the back of Buckarudolph.

It will air on Friday, December 22 at 9pm on ITV.

Which guests are appearing on Make Christmas Great Again?

Al will be joined by a host of famous faces on his show, including Richard E. Grant, Joey Essex and members of McFly.

However one person who won’t be appearing any more is Aled Jones.

The Songs of Praise star has been axed from the programme following accusations of sexual harassment, which he vehemently denies.

Al Murray has raked in a fortune thanks to his alter-ego, The Pub Landlord

When did Al Murray create The Pub Landlord?

Al Murray debuted The Pub Landlord at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1994. He appeared alongside Harry Hill and and Matthew Bradstock-Smith in the show Pub Internationale.

Murray’s theatre show My Gaff, My Rules – where he appeared in character as The Pub Landlord – was short-listed for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2002.

He has also appeared in character as The Pub Landlord in the series Time Gentlemen Please, as well as a number of other television appearances, including the An Audience with… strand.

As The Pub Landlord, Al has hosted several television programmes including Fact Hunt, Live at the Apollo and Dave’s Compete for the Meat, which is co-hosted by Z?e Salmon, and ITV chat show Al Murray’s Happy Hour, which won a British Comedy Award for Best New Entertainment Comedy.

Who is Al Murray?

Al Murray is an English comedian and TV personality.

He has appeared in many TV shows throughout his career.

In 2003, Murray appeared on an episode of the BBC’s Time Commanders. In 2004, he appeared as a contestant in the first series of Gordon Ramsay’s reality show Hell’s Kitchen and in 2005 as a contestant on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.

He has also presented Al Murray’s Road to Berlin on the Discovery Channel and starred in Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder, a sketch show, which aired in early 2009.

Murray made a documentary on German culture for BBC4, Al Murray’s German Adventure, in which he presented a different side of the German nation from the one portrayed by The Pub Landlord.

He’s also appeared on Top Gear as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.


33. Courtney Stodden reveals shes suffering from depression and vows to get through it in emotional Instagram message13:00[−]

COURTNEY Stodden has revealed she is battling depression as the reality star reached out to those also suffering with the mental disorder.

The 23-year-old reality star bravely made the announcement in a series of candid Instagram and Twitter posts, one of which read: “The loneliness that haunts me is miserable.”

Courtney Stodden
Courtney Stodden revealed she is battling depression in her latest Instagram post

The former Celebrity Big Brother housemate first posted of her struggle with a black-and-white snap on Instagram, which showed a mere glimpse of her face.

“Depression is hard to kick. But I’ll get through it and so will you if you’re a sufferer,” she wrote across the image.

Alongside the snap was an equally poignant caption, in which Courtney detailed her battle and stuck out a hand to those who are in a similar place.

Laying herself bare, she wrote: “I feel too much. I soak up too much energy from myself and others. I love too deeply.

Courtney Stodden
The reality star made the brave announcement on her Instagram and Twitter pages
Courtney Stodden
Courtney has hinted at her struggle with a number of cryptic Instagram snaps

“I’m extremely insecure. Terribly childlike and vulnerable. This is me and my struggle with depression. But I have faith I’ll prevail.

“If you’re a sufferer of anxiety or depression – know that you aren’t alone.”

The model was instantly inundated with messages of support from her fans, who encouraged her to stay strong.

Later writing on Twitter, she lamented: “The loneliness that haunts me is miserable. Only thing that helps is someone to hold me… and it has to be someone who loves me deeply… or it’s meaningless.”

Courtney Stodden
The model even shared a picture of herself crying last month

Earlier this month, Courtney hinted at her struggle when she shared a snap of herself drinking a glass of wine and claimed she was fighting back tears.

“Actually didn’t cry today… yet,” she wrote alongside the post.

She also shared a snap of herself crying in November, cryptically captioning the image: “Devastated.”

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34. Is YOUR car a target for thieves? This list reveals motors most at risk of theft13:00[−]

THESE are the cars most at-risk of being pinched by car thieves.

The list of the UK’s most steal-able cars from the German Automobile Club (ADAC) reveals Audis, Fords and BMWs are all in danger.

Does your car make the list of motors most at risk?

Around 85,000 cars have been reported stolen this year – and 70 per cent of these owners still have their keys on them.

Drivers are being advised to watch out for criminals stealing their pride and joy straight from their driveways.

Gangs are using modern tech to hack into keyless systems and drive off without even having to smash a window.

The “relay” technique sees one thief stand near the car and another standing within range of your keys.

Thieves are using latest technology to steal cars without needing the keys
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A tool – available for as little as ?80 online – then picks up the key’s signal and relays it back to the thief stood near the car.

A car can be stolen like this from your driveway in a matter of seconds – and can even done while you’re parked up outside a coffee shop.

Crooks are also using locking jammers, too.

These systems block your own key signal when you try and lock the car. It means the car remains unlocked after you’ve walked away giving criminals easy access.

How to protect yourself against relay theft

To avoid your car being stolen from your driveway, it's advised not to keep your keys near the door.

This has long been the advice dating back to the coathanger scams where thieves would fish out your keys through the letterbox.

Keeping them at the back of the house or upstairs may stop the radio signal being as strong for a thief near the door.

But as technology develops, the range of the signal detector is growing, so the only real way to keep cars safe is to store keys in the fridge or microwave.

The metal lining means the radio signal can’t get through.

If you’re in a coffee shop with your keys make sure you can see your car and be aware of anyone lurking near both yourself and your car.

Earlier this year, ADAC tested 24 different cars from 19 manufacturers aged between 2013 and 2015 and found it could break into every single vehicle.

And it’s now produced a list of makes and models most at-risk:

  • Audi: A3, A4, A6
  • BMW: 730d
  • Citroen: DS4 CrossBack
  • Ford: Galaxy, EcoSport
  • Honda: HR-V
  • Hyundai: Santa Fe CRDi
  • Kia: Optima
  • Lexus: RX 450h
  • Mazda: CX-5
  • Mini: Clubman

Owners are being advised to fit steering locks as a visual deterrent – with reporting sales have doubled in the past year.

Trackers are also being recommended by safety experts as these can help cops hunt down your motor if it’s stolen.

You should also keep your keys away from the front door in a metal box or safe.

Fridges or microwaves can be great places as they block the radio signal used by the relay technology.


35. Manchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiolas side set to sign Libertads Paraguay starlet Jesus Medina for ?3m13:00[−]

MANCHESTER CITY are set to sign young Paraguay starlet Jesus Medina for ?3million from Libertad.

The 20-year-old attacker is due to join the Premier League leaders but be immediately loaned out to their sister club New York City in the MLS.

Manchester City are set to sign Jesus Medina from Libertad
Manchester City are set to sign Jesus Medina from Libertad

Danish side Copenhagen are also in the chase for the winger, according to Futbol a lo Grande in the star’s homeland.

He told them as much in a recent interview, but it looks like the City Group that owns the Citizens and NYCFC have won the race for his services.

Due to his lack of caps for his country, he is being sent out to the States for the 2018 season while he works on obtaining a UK work permit.

A player needs to have played in 75 per cent of their games over a two-year period, with their country averaging a place in the top 50 of the Fifa rankings, in order to obtain a work permit.

The 20-year-old will cost the City Group ?3million from the Paraguayan club
The 20-year-old will cost the City Group ?3million from the Paraguayan club
The winger will be immediately sent out on loan to New York City
The winger will be immediately sent out on loan to New York City

That falls to 60 per cent for players that come from countries with an average position between 21 and 30, and 45 per cent for nations that are ranked 10-20.

It is 30 per cent for nations inside the top 10.

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Medina made his senior debut when aged just 15 and has gone on to make 74 appearances for Paraguayan champions Libertad since then.

He has also shown his eye for goal, bagging 17 goals for the club.

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His talents have not gone unnoticed at international level too, where he has progressed through the youth ranks to become a member of the senior set-up and made his debut in July.

Now he will join the growing crop of talented youngsters on the books of the City group and will have the chance to impress in the MLS.

The new season does not kick-off until March in the US.


36. Helen Flanagan reveals shes pregnant with her second child with boyfriend Scott Sinclair12:58[−]

HELEN Flanagan is pregnant with her second child with Scott Sinclair.

The Coronation Street actress is already mum to daughter Matilda,two, who was born in June 2015.

The 27-year-old confirmed her exciting news in an interview with OK! Magazine, with her footy partner admitting it came as a bit of a shock.

He said: “It was a little bit of a surprise.

“I was away in Dubai with my family. Helen couldn’t come as she was filming. She found out on a Thursday but had to wait until I got home five days later to tell me.”

Helen added: “I did three more tests just to make sure it was correct! I had a very strong feeling I was pregnant, so I wasn’t surprised.”

Helen with partner Scott and their daughter Matilda
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The actress, who returned to play Rosie Webster at the start of this year after her maternity leave, also revealed she will be marrying Scott, who she has been dating since 2009.

She said: “We both would love to get married and for us all to have same name.”

Helen, previously revealed the couple were hoping to expand their family but were due to wait until Matilda was four.

“We definitely want more,” she said earlier this year . “I think we want to wait until Matilda is four years old. We love her more than anything but she is definitely enough for us at the moment.”

Scott revealed that the news came as a shock to him

It is unclear whether Scott and Helen are currently living together as earlier this year she revealed they were in different parts of the country, so she could work her three-month Coronation Street contract while Celtic player Scott stays in the family home in Glasgow.

Appearing on Loose Women, the actress explained: Me and Matilda live with mum and dad during the week and at weekends were in Glasgow with Scott.

Helen revealed that the couple are planning on marrying

Its really lovely actually, its nice to have a break.

Its not easy, but I really wanted to go back to work and Ive always been really supportive of his career and hes always been really supportive of mine.

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37. Theres now a Nutella lipstick and were pretty sure itll make everyone want to kiss you12:57[−]

FANS of Nutella will be rejoicing as they discover they no longer need to confine the sweet treat to their toast.

You can now spread it directly on your smackers with this delicious new make-up line.

It's not the first time that the spread has found its way onto a plate not simply spread on toast
Everyone’s favourite spread is now available as a lipstick in four different shades

The nutty-chocolatey goodness of Nutella has been transferred into a lipstick collection by Beauty Bakerie.

They have designed four shades in the collection Nudi-Tea, Skinny Dip, Birthday Suit and Bake it Naked.

The box set costs ?45 and as well as being creamy, matte colour for your lips, they also SMELL of Nutella.

And as if that’s not enough they’re also vegan, toxin-free and waterproof.

The gift set includes four different matte lipstick shades
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Beauty fans can try out Nudi-tea, Skinny-dip, Birthday-suit and Bake It Naked[/caption]

If you’re stuck for Christmas party make-up ideas, read our guide with some serious sparkle on your eyes, lips and tips.

Previously we revealed that beauty fans had been braiding their brows as part of a wacky eyebrow trend.

And we brought you news of Triple brows, the latest crazy eyebrow trend to take Instagram by storm.


38. High risk missing mum and three kids from Wales could be anywhere in Ireland as appeal launched12:51[−]

POLICE have issued an urgent appeal to trace a missing mum and her three kids who “could be anywhere in Ireland”.

The PSNI say 35-year-old Kelly Lloyd and her three children are “high risk missing persons”.

Kelly Lloyd’s three children
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Kelly Lloyd and her children travelled to Belfast by boat recently
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The family travelled by boat from Wales to Belfast recently and may be accompanied by Stuart Handley.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the PSNI on 101 with the reference number 884.

The PSNI appealed: “We are urgently trying to locate Kelly Lloyd 35yrs and her 3 children.

“They are high risk mispers from Wales. They recently travelled by boat to Belfast but could now be anywhere in Ireland.

“If seen phone 101 ref 884 of 17/12/17. They may also be accompanied by Stuart Handley.”

39. Manchester City running riot, Dele Alli is that type of player, and while the bottom clubs are bad, Swansea are worse this weekends Premier League round-up12:47[−]

ANOTHER weekend where Manchester City register yet another victory, Manchester United bored their way to three more dull points and where Brighton failed to score.

It was also a weekend where Crystal Palace not only scored away from home for the first time but won as well and David Moyes staked his claim for Manager of the Year.

David Moyes is quickly becoming a Manager of the Year contender
David Moyes is quickly becoming a Manager of the Year contender
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As Alex Ferguson might say: Football eh, bloody hell


Man City are now officially unstoppable after another crushing victory
Man City are now officially unstoppable after another crushing victory

As the worlds media scour their dictionaries for any superlatives they havent yet used to describe Manchester City this season, well instead point you to a statistic that really shows just how dominant they are.

Peps princes have now faced all of Englands Champions League representatives this term and they have not only won all of the meetings but theyve done so by an aggregate score of 12 goals to two.

Just give them the title now.


Swansea have been utterly dreadful this season and show no signs of improvement
Swansea have been utterly dreadful this season and show no signs of improvement

For all of Manchester Citys dominance, it worth looking at the bottom half of the table where, lets face it, everyone is as just rubbish as each other.

Apart from Swansea, obviously. Theyre worse.

Theres now just four points between 12th and 19th place and any one of those teams could go down the way theyre all playing at the moment.

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I suspect that most of the teams down there are simply banking on there being three worse teams than them come the end of the season.

Well, two after Swansea.


Mesut Ozil scored an absolute screamer to down Newcastle on Saturday
Mesut Ozil scored an absolute screamer to down Newcastle on Saturday
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One of those teams, given their current form, must be Newcastle United.

Their defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates was their eighth in their last nine league games and finally took them into the relegation zone.

What made the defeat all the more painful was that they never really looked like making any kind of game of it.

Magpies manager Rafa Benitez says they need to spend big in the January transfer window to keep them in the Premier League but with a takeover in the offing, will Mike Ashley will get his sausage fingers in his deep pockets.

Maybe he will, but only to pop into Greggs for lunch.


It turns out Dele Alli may be that sort of player after all, following weekend hack
It turns out Dele Alli may be that sort of player after all, following weekend hack
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Though hes clearly one of the mot gifted young English footballers in recent years, we keep seeing the nasty side of Dele Alli, dont we?

But Alli, being English, “isnt that sort of player”, is he?

No, you suspect hed only be that sort of player if he was foreign.


To say there were some dodgy refereeing decisions this weekend would be an understatement
To say there were some dodgy refereeing decisions this weekend would be an understatement

Like most things in this country, we have a habit of thinking we have the very best in the world when it comes to referees and, as usual, we are wrong.

This weekends games showed referees at their very worst.

At Brighton, the Seagulls Glenn Murray was assaulted by Burnleys James Tarkowski who blatantly elbowed him in the stomach without censure from referee Chris Kavanagh.

Meanwhile it was all going off at the Etihad with Harry Kanes two-footer on Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendis boot in Kanes face and, worst of all, Allis ugly stamp on Kevin De Bruyne –

all not warranting the red cards they deserved from Craig Pawson.

They say that nobody likes to see a game ruined by a red card but sometimes you wonder which game the refs are watching.


Once again Liverpool were absolutely on fire, scoring a hatful of goals
Once again Liverpool were absolutely on fire, scoring a hatful of goals
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Liverpool were at their frightening best again this weekend as they demolished Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Everyone from the fans to the pundits were in complete agreement that Jurgen Klopps team are an awesome attacking force when theyre hitting their straps.

Just one small thing.

Theyre still 18 points adrift of Manchester City.


Kevin De Bruyne has feet like paint-brushes, according to Martin Keown
Kevin De Bruyne has feet ‘like paint-brushes’, according to Martin Keown
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Talking of Kevin De Bruyne, Martin Keown said that the Belgian playmaker had feet like paint brushes on MOTD at the weekend.

Unlike Keown, of course, who had feet like bog brushes.


40. What time is Supershoppers on Channel 4 tonight, who is Anna Richardson and whats the consumer advice show about?12:41[−]

SUPERSHOPPERS, the show which points shoppers in the direction of the best deals, continues tonight on Channel 4 with more savvy advice.

If you need some help finding the best deals or just love shopping, here is all the info you need about tonight’s show…

Anna Richardson is joined by brand new co-presenter Sabrina Grant
Anna Richardson is joined by brand new co-presenter Sabrina Grant
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What time is Supershoppers on Channel 4 tonight?

The fourth series of Supershoppers concludes tonight (Monday 18 December), on Channel 4 at 8.30pm.

It goes head-to-head with Mary Berry’s Christmas Party on BBC One,

on BBC Two and Coronation Street on ITV.

Supershoppers is a consumer programme which looks into the tricks of the retail trade to help savvy shoppers save money.

If you miss the episode it will be available for catch up on All 4 soon after broadcast.

Who are presenters Anna Richardson and Sabrina Grant?

Anna Richardson, 46, is a British TV presenter who hails from Shropshire.

She is currently dating Sue Perkins and is known for presenting Secret Eaters, Naked Attraction and The Sex Education Show.

Sabrina Grant, 29, is a BRIT School graduate and went on to get a BA in acting too.

She’s worked both in front of the camera and behind the scenes in fashion styling, working with the likes of Sam Smith and Taylor Swift.

Sabrina Grant is going to shake up the new series of Supershoppers.
Sabrina Grant is going to shake up the new series of Supershoppers.
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41. Model takes to New York City in nothing but a thong and festive body paint and peoples reactions are priceless12:41[−]

A MODEL has bravely taken to New York City in nothing but a spattering of Christmas themed body paint.

Professional body painter Jen The Body Painter, painted model Lili Jasmin as part of a festive social experiment to see if Christmas shoppers would spot what was different about Lilis outfit.

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Jen and her team painted Lili as if she was wearing a Christmas jumper and leggings[/caption]

Jen and her team of body painters decorated Lili in a faux Christmas jumper and painted on leggings.

The clip begins with Lili standing in just a thong and nipple covers before getting painted with a blue and white top and red, white and green striped bottoms.

Lili then bravely took to the streets of New York – despite the freezing weather.

On her travels, she chatted to those celebrating the holiday season and many couldnt believe that she had no clothes on.

The finished product. Lili wears nothing but a thong, nipple covers and body paint
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This man certainly had a shock when he realised Lili’s jumper wasn’t real[/caption]

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Many revellers were quick to admire Lili’s bottom[/caption]

At one point in the clip, one man even takes off his own top and offers to do a swap.

And one group of women found themselves staring at Lilis bum for a good 20 minutes before realising that the she was painted.

The group then befriended Lili and the girls enjoyed a spot of karaoke and dancing.

Those watching the video were quick to comment on how the group of girls befriended Lili.

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One group of girls couldn’t stop staring at the model’s bum before realising her leggings were paint[/caption]

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A group of women befriended Lili and the girls joined in for some festive karaoke[/caption]

One user wrote: “The reaction of those girls is PRICELESS. The model had such a fun attitude about it all. Hilarious!”

Another added: “Love seeing peoples reactions”.

Would you notice?

We previously reported how a judge had to decide if its illegal to wear nothing but body paint so what do YOU think?

And, in the spring, people couldn’t decide if this models mesmerising bikini was real or body paint.


42. How old is Aled Jones, who is his wife and what are the allegations against the BBC Songs Of Praise presenter?12:40[−]

ALED Jones became a child superstar in the 1980s with his version of the Christmas classic “Walking In The Air” from the iconic film The Snowman.

However, the Songs of Praise presenter has been taken off air by the BBC following an allegation of sexual harassment which he strongly denies. Here’s the lowdown on him.

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Aled Jones is one of the lead presenters on Songs Of Praise[/caption]

Who is Aled Jones?

Aled Jones was born on December 29 1970 in Bangor, North Wales – making him 46 years old.

He joined the Bangor Cathedral choir at the age of nine and became lead soloist within two years.

Jones then became a child superstar when he covered “Walking in the Air” from the film The Snowman, with his version reaching No. 5 in the UK charts in 1985.

By the time his voice broke at 16, Jones had already sold an astonishing six million albums and sang for the Pope, The Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Jones has continued a recording career into adulthood and began acting in 1990, going on to play the lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

He has also become a popular and highly successful broadcaster, presenting radio shows on Classic FM, Radio 2 and Radio 3.

The Welshman has also fronted many TV programmes, most notably as a lead presenter on Songs of Praise and host of ITV’s Daybreak, and was a contestant on the 2004 edition of Strictly Come Dancing.

In 2013, he was awarded an MBE for services to music and broadcasting and for charitable services.

Aled Jones became a choirboy superstar with his version of ‘Walking In The Air’[/caption]

Is the Songs of Praise host married?

Jones married his girlfriend Claire Fossett in Covent Garden, London, on January 6 2001.

They had met in Blackpool when he was performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

The couple have two children, Emilia and Lucas their daughter is an actress who has appeared in an episode of Doctor Who and performed on stage in Shrek The Musical.

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Aled with his wife Claire Fossett and children Emilia and Lucas[/caption]

What are the allegations against Aled Jones?

The Sun on Sunday exclusively revealed that Jones had been taken off air by the BBC after being accused of sexual harassment.

The 46-year-old faces an allegation of inappropriate behaviour from a former colleague.

It is believed to be one of 25 live cases of alleged sexual harassment recently highlighted by BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford.

The allegation is believed to centre around messages and contact.

Jones apologised sorry for his “juvenile” behaviour but denied any inappropriate contact.

A spokesperson for the presenter said: “Although not related to any broadcast work, Aled voluntarily agreed not to go on the BBC whilst the matter is investigated.

“Whilst he accepts that his behaviour over a decade ago was occasionally juvenile, as was that of others, he never intended to harass or distress and he strongly denies any inappropriate contact.

“He is, however, deeply sorry for any upset caused and hopes this matter is resolved soon.”

Following the bombshell allegations, the singing star was said to be lying low and did not appear on Sunday’s pre-recorded episode of Songs of Praise.


43. Cristiano Ronaldo wants Real Madrid wage increase to make him highest paid player in the world12:39[−]

CRISTIANO RONALDO wants to finish his career at Real Madrid – and a contract to match his status as one of the world’s top players.

The 32-year-old clinched his fifth Ballon d’Or earlier this month and secured his status as one of the world’s best ever footballers.

Cristiano Ronaldo gives the thumbs up after clinching the Club World Cup after beating Gremio in Abu Dhabi
Cristiano Ronaldo gives the thumbs up after clinching the Club World Cup after beating Gremio in Abu Dhabi
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And Ronaldo also clinched the winner and his fourth Club World Cup title after Real Madrid beat Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi.

The Portuguese is now the third-highest paid player in the world (not including endorsements), behind Lionel Messi and Neymar – and his camp feel that does not correctly represent his status as the world’s No1.

Given his recent trophy record compared to his big rivals, Ronaldo and agent Jorge Mendes could well have a case with Florentio Perez.

There is no doubt Ronaldo is reaching the final peak years of his career and the former Manchester United forward reckons he is due a bumper new deal.

Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the Club World Cup final against Gremio
Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the Club World Cup final against Gremio
A stunning free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid the win over Gremio to win the Club World Cup
A stunning free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid the win over Gremio to win the Club World Cup
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Cristiano in conversation with Cristiano Jr after winning the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi
Cristiano in conversation with Cristiano Jr after winning the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi

According to Marca, after Messi’s contract renewal earlier this season, he “does not feel comfortable at all” on the “third step of the podium.”

Ronaldo currently has a deal that keeps him at the Bernabeu until 2021, signed just 13 months ago, but is reaching for more cash.

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After an early-season wobble and a five-match suspension for pushing a referee, he seems to have found his rhythm again, netting 17 goals for Los Blancos and eight goals in his last seven games.

And with El Clasico coming on Saturday, Cristiano will find no better time than to prove he deserves a new deal.


44. What time is University Challenge on BBC Two tonight, which teams are on and how does it work?12:38[−]

THE latest series of BBC quiz show University Challenge continues tonight as the competition heats up as two more teams fight to reach the quarter-final stage.

As always Jeremy Paxman will be on question master duty putting them through their paces. Here is the latest on the BBC Two show…

Jeremy Paxman leads the questioning in tonights University Challenge
Jeremy Paxman leads the questioning in tonight’s University Challenge

When can I watch tonights University Challenge?

The 21st episode of the 24th series will air tonight, Monday, December 18 at 8pm on BBC Two.

However, if you cant be in front of your televisions at that time, catch up on the action using the BBCs iPlayer.

Provided you have a TV licence, it will remain on the site for 28 days.

University Challenge originally aired on ITV from 1962 until 1987.

The show was then rebooted by the BBC in 1994 with Paxman at the helm.

Balliol College, Oxford, are the current title holders after winning the last series back in April.

Balliol College, Oxford are the current title holders
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Balliol College, Oxford are the current title holders[/caption]

How does University Challenge work?

The academic quiz works by a direct knockout system with 28 teams with the 14 first-round winners progressing directly to the last 16.

The four highest scoring losing teams from the first round then battle it out for the last two places in the final 16.

Teams in the quarterfinals must win two matches in the round to make it through to the semi-finals.

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Eric Monkman was the standout star of the last series[/caption]

What universities are on tonights show?

Tonight is another of the second round matches and we will see two teams battle it out to try to win a place in the quarter-finals.

The competitors will have a lot to live up to as brainy Eric Monkman was the breakout star of the last series.


45. Santa hat eyebrows is the latest bizarre beauty trend to sweep the web so would YOU try it this Christmas?12:38[−]

SANTA hat eyebrows is the latest bonkers beauty trend to sweep social media.

Instagram has been packed with festive brow ideas throughout December – and these bright red designs are definitely eye-catching.

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To recreate the look, some of the ladies have opted to colour their brows red – adding a little white dot to the tail end, to look like Santa’ bobble.

While others have used red and white liquid eyeliner to create a flick on their eye, before etching a mini hat to the upper curve of their brow.

And some women have glammed up the look by using sparkly gems for the man in red’s bobble.

So would YOU be brave enough to recreate the bright red brows for your next Christmas party, or for the big day itself?

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If you thought this trend was bold, some ladies are also creating reindeer and wreath eyebrows.

While some make-up lovers are parting the hairs and adding multicoloured gems and stars, to create Christmas tree brows.

While Christmas lips are also now a thing – so which design would YOU go for?


46. Who is Darius Campbell, what is the Pop Idol stars net worth, how tall is he, whos his wife Natasha Henstridge and was he in a coma?12:30[−]

DARIUS Campbell has come a long way since he first found fame on an ITV talent show (and back when he was known as Darius Danesh).

The Scottish singer and actor is recovering after contracting meningitis – here’s the lowdown…

Darius Campbell is a British singer, actor and producer from Scotland
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Who is Darius Campbell?

Darius Campbell is a British singer-songwriter, actor and producer born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 19 August 1980.

The tall dark and handsome Scot grew up in the Bearsden neighbourhood of Glasgow with two younger brothers.

He attended the Glasgow Academy and studied English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh before his pop career came calling.

He was born with the name Dairus Danesh but changed his name to his mothers maiden name Campbell in 2010.

Darius hit the headlines on December 17, 2017 when he revealed he had slipped into a coma after contracting meningitis when he drank water from the Thames.

Darius Campbell is a proud Scotsman
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Why did Darius change his name from Darius Danesh to Darius Campbell?

Darius was born with the last name Danesh his last name taken from his Iranian father Booth Danesh.

By 2010, he decided to change his name to his mothers Scottish maiden name Campbell (his mother being called Avril Campbell) as he realised he feels so Scottish.

[My grandfather] is originally from Greenock and he sang The Green Oak Tree to me. He sang it in such a way it brought tears to my eyes. He was in tears at the end of it, as well, Darius told the Daily Record in 2010.

“He said to me, ‘I am proud of you. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll always be a Campbell. You’ll always be a Scot and you’ll always be my grandson’. I am Scottish. I am proud of my heritage and I don’t want to lose that, he said.

“When I travel the world, I feel so deeply Scottish. When people know me as Darius Danesh, it doesn’t reflect that I am Scottish. People say it’s not a very Scottish name. But Darius Campbell reflects that I am Scottish,” he added.

Darius appeared on Popstars in 2001
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Did Darius Campbell appear on X Factor or Pop Idol?

Darius Campbell first rose to attention in 2001 when he appeared on the ITV talent competition Popstars which ultimately produced winning band HearSay and the far more successful band Liberty X.

Despite winning over fans thanks to an impressive rendition of the Britney Spears classic Baby One More Time, Darius failed to pass the early rounds of the competition however he returned to TV one year later in Pop Idol taking third place behind winner Will Young and runner up Gareth Gates.

He did not compete in The X Factor but he did appear in Popstar to Operastar in 2010 and won.

Darius has enjoyed chart success with his two albums
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When did Darius Campbell start his music career?

Following his appearance on Pop Idol, Darius turned down a contract from Simon Cowell and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite.

He released his debut single, Colourblind, on 29 July 2002 and it hit the top of the singles chart.

His subsequent album, Dive In, was released on 2 December 2002 which reached Number 4 in the albums chart and produced top 10 hits Rushes and Incredible (What I Meant to Say).

He released a second album, titled Live Twice, on 25 October 2004 which reached number 36 in the albums charts and included top 10 singles Kinda Love and Live Twice.

What TV shows has Darius Campbell acted in?

Darius Campbell appeared on Hollyoaks in 2003 but didnt require too much acting as he played himself.

In 2009 he appeared on BBC show Hotel Babylon playing a character named Gennaro Fazio.

Darius has starred in Funny Girl with Sheridan Smith
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What stage shows has Darius Campbell starred in?

Darius Campbell has built an impressive West End career playing Billy Flynn in a production of Chicago between 2005 and 2006.

He then starred as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls in 2007 and Rhett Butler in Sir Trevor Nunns adaption of Gone With The Wind in 2008.

In 2013 he landed the role of First Sergeant Milt Warden in From Here to Eternity and starred opposite Sheridan Smith in the West End production of Funny Girl in 2016.

Does Darius Campbell have a Hollywood career?

Darius Campbell has made the jump from West End star to Hollywood producer.

He was one of the producers behind the critically praised thriller Imperium starring Daniel Radcliffe as an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a ring of white supremacists.

Darius himself seemed surprised by the films success, saying in 2016 as it was released: It’s been such a challenging process and there were many points when it looked like it wouldn’t happen.

Darius is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust
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What work does Darius Campbell do with The Princes Trust?

Darius Campbell is an ambassador for The Princes Trust a charity that helps disadvantaged young people.

His work with the trust stretches back to his Pop Idol days when a gig in 2002 helped raise ?300,000 for the charity.

More recently he attended a charity bash for The Princes Trust Scotland in which saw items and events being auctioned (including a dinner with Tilda Swinton) which helped raise ?1.6 million in 2015.

Darius was married to Canadian Natasha Henstridge between 2011 and 2013 - and may have rekindled the romance in 2016
Darius was married to Canadian Natasha Henstridge between 2011 and 2013 – and may have rekindled the romance in 2016
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Is Darius Campbell married?

In 2011 Darius Campbell married Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge famous for her role in 1995 Sci-Fi horror Species.

They had first dated in 2004 and had an on-off engagement until 2010 before finally tying-the-knot on Valentines Day the following year.

The pair filed for divorce in July 2013 but were spotted kissing during a romantic dinner in August 2016.

Darius was romantically linked to Daisy Lowe in 2016
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Did Darius Campbell date Daisy Lowe?

Darius Campbell and Daisy Lowe had a brief romance in 2016.

The pair had been friends for years as Darius befriended Daisys father, Bush frontman and The Voice coach Gavin Rossdale, and had tried taking things a step further befoe deciding they were better off as friends.

“When you’re friends first, you know all of each other’s s**t. That made being more than friends really easy,” he said however the two decided to keep things platonic.


47. Former Pop Idol Darius Campbell reveals he fell into a coma and almost DIED after drinking dirty water for charity ad12:30[−]

DARIUS Campbell has revealed he fell into a coma and almost DIED after drinking dirty water for a charity ad.

The former Pop Idol star drank water from the Thames to prove it could be made safe but almost lost his life after contracting a virus.

Darius Campbell fell into a coma after drinking dirty water from the Thames for a charity advert
Darius Campbell fell into a coma after drinking dirty water from the Thames for a charity advert

Darius filmed a promo clip for his charity Fresh2O Water filter – which is said to remove 99.9 per cent of all known “water-borne pathogens, bacteria and viruses” – and drank water from a Thames sewage outlet.

However, his bottle didn’t have a filter attached and he caught a virus which weakened his immune system and resulted in him contracting meningitis and cerebral oedema – swelling of his brain.

Speaking to the Sunday Post, he said: “In order to raise funds to get the water filters to Africa, we did a demonstration video down at the Thames next to a sewage outlet.

The filters remove 99.99% of all known water-borne pathogens, bacteria and viruses.

The filter wasn't attached to his water bottle properly and he contracted a virus
The filter wasn’t attached to his water bottle properly and he contracted a virus
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So I drank the water for the video and raised the funds but when I went to Glasgow to see my mum for her birthday I collapsed.

“It turned out I had a cerebral oedema where your brain swells bigger than your skull.

My dad saved my life. He got me to hospital, they diagnosed it quickly. I had bacterial meningitis.

I had picked up an inflammatory virus from the Thames that had stayed in my system.

It knocked my white blood cell count out for months and had left my immunity low so that I could have picked up anything going around.

I had been flying a lot and picked up bacterial meningitis which at that time was on the rise.

Dairus with Sheridan Smith on the red carpet for Funny Girl
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The incident happened in 2015 and his mother Avril Danesh – who was undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy for breast cancer at the time – stayed by his bedside.

He said: “As I came out of the coma I remember my mum sitting beside the bed.

Darius rose to fame on Pop Idol
Darius rose to fame on Pop Idol
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It felt upside down and wrong because mum was going through cancer treatment, he said.

Yet she was sat next to me with tears in her eyes telling my brother that they almost lost me.

After doctors pinpointed the cause of his illness, Darius was worried the filters didn’t work and that people in Africa could get sick as a result.

He said: I suddenly got a shock, worrying that the water filters didnt work and that they had been sent off and that other people could have died because of this.

But other people who drank the water didnt get sick and it was a huge relief when we found out that the water filter I used was a display model without a filter.

So, in an inadvertent way, I proved the water filter worked because the others who drank from a bottle with a filter in it, didnt get sick. That was the silver lining.

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48. Easyjet 2018 cheap flights: The best deals for easyJet, new routes and sales12:29[−]

ALREADY dreaming of a new year break?

With The Sun’s ?9.50 holidays, you can book yourself a bargain accommodation abroad from one of 100 parks in eight European countries including Croatia, Italy and Spain.

But you’ll have to consider the cost of getting there – here’s our guide to finding the cheapest flight deals with easyJet.

Easyjet release their tickets five times a year
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Do easyJet have a sale?

EasyJet release their biggest flight deals around five times a year so make sure you’re subscribed to the airline’s marketing emails to be the first to know about their deals.

They’re also making it easier on the wallet next year, launching 20 new routes in 2018 from just ?18.70 one way.

The budget airlines fares are cheapest when you book early, so get in fast to get the best deals.

You’ll need to have your eye on the ball as tickets will sell out fast.

Always compare against the best alternatives using Skyscanner when you’re looking to bag a bargain flight with the orange-loving airline.

Where do easyJet fly?

Easyjet operates flights to destinations in over 30 countries including our ?9.50 holiday hotspots in Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.

The low-cost airline is adding four new destinations in Europe, including Ancona and Genoa in Italy, Nea Anchialos in Greece and Reus in Spain.

It is also adding more services to some of its popular destinations such as Seville, Naples and Bordeaux.

The airline is spreading the love across the UK airports too – it’s not just the big London names.

EasyJet’s new flights will leave from Belfast, Bristol, Gatwick, Liverpool, Manchester, Southend and Luton Airport.

EasyJet's new flight routes

Belfast to Naples from ?18.70

Belfast to Isle of Man from ?22.56

Belfast to Valencia from ?26.70

Bristol to Genoa from ?26.70

Bristol to Seville from ?28.72

Gatwick to Ancona from ?32.76

Gatwick to Nea Anchialos from ?50.94

Liverpool to Dalaman from ?26.70

Liverpool to Palermo from ?26.70

Liverpool to Pula from ?24.68

London Luton to Dalaman from ?34.78

Luton to Genoa from ?32.76

Luton to Palermo from ?32.76

London Luton to Reus from ?32.76

Luton to Thessaloniki from ?32.76

Manchester to Genoa from ?26.70

Southend to Bordeaux from ?26.70

Southend to Dubrovnik from ?28.72

Southend to Prague from ?28.72

Southend to Pula from ?26.70

Pick your park

From just ?9.50 per person you can holiday at a host of parks in Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

You can stay away for four nights on a midweek break or three nights at weekends in comfortable mobile homes, or maybe even a tent at 260 hotspots in the UK and throughout Europe.

Simply download the Sun Savers app or visit to register and collect SIX Sun Savers codes or collect SEVEN token from The Sun.

Once you have your codes, you can book your holiday online. Youll need to select four park choices and four start dates and your party details.

You can browse our full selection of park sites using the search facility.

What is easyJet’s baggage allowance?

Easyjet only allows one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum size of 56x45x25cm, including handles and wheels.

You can pay extra for an additional cabin bag, provided it’s no bigger than 45x36x20cm, but you can take on brollies and a duty-free shopping bag for free.

Meanwhile, your hold luggage can’t weigh more than 20kg per bag, unless you pay for extra weight – bringing you right up to 32kg per bag.

With Easyjet, passengers pay to bring hold luggage, with a maximum of three bags per passenger.

If you are travelling in a group of two or more on the same booking and have booked bags, you may spread the weight of your luggage across the bags.

Do easyJet have any hidden charges?

They’re not exactly hidden but there are extra optional charges:

Hold bag

Easyjet flights don’t come with hold luggage as standard – you’ll need to book it as an extra.

Hold bag prices now start at ?8.99 for suitcases that weigh 15kg and under.

Theyve also extended the weight of their normal hold luggage weight from 20kg to 23kg, which is available from ?13.99.

The new options mean that those heading off on a short break no longer need to squeeze everything into a small cabin bag.

Sports equipment costs an additional ?35-?60 per piece.

Hold bag prices now start at ?8.99 for suitcases that weigh 15kg and under
Hold bag prices now start at ?8.99 for suitcases that weigh 15kg and under
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Travelling with children under two

Infants aged under two cost ?20 each way with easyJet to sit on an adults lap
Admin fees

EasyJet charges a ?15 admin fee for all bookings – no matter how many seats.

When is easyJet check in?

The easiest and quickest way is by checking in online through the airline’s website.

Their online check-in allows you to complete it and print boarding passes for all your flights up to 30 days before the scheduled departure.


49. Amir Khan wants to make boxing return in March after training every day in Im A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! jungle12:29[−]

AMIR KHAN says he will be back in the boxing ring in March and says being in the jungle helped him keep “in shape”.

The Bolton fighter featured in this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! series and he was often seen working out and shadow boxing in the Australian jungle.

Amir Khan has not fought since he was destroyed by Saul Canelo Alvarez in May last year
Amir Khan has not fought since he was destroyed by Saul Canelo Alvarez in May last year
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And despite many doubting he will ever return to the squared circle, Khan is already planning his return.

He said: I am going to fight in March. I was training in the jungle everyday, Im glad I went, it was a detox, I came back and I was in shape.

“I want to fight in the UK, I think it is time.”

The 31-year-old has not fought since he suffered a brutal sixth-round KO loss at the hands of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in May last year.

But the Bolton boxer said he kept in shape training on his stint in the jungle and will return to boxing in March next year
But the Bolton boxer said he kept in shape training on his stint in the jungle and will return to boxing in March next year
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Interestingly, he has not fought in the UK since he won a unanimous points decision against Julio Diaz back in April 2013 in Sheffield.

After his stint in the jungle, the welterweight boxer was welcomed home with a special-themed party.

GO ON, BOY Find out who inspired Billy Joe Saunders to his incredible latest win

He added: I just thought it was my close family and a small meal.

“I didnt expect the whole jungle theme and so many people.

“The whole place looks like the jungle, with the critters and snakes. The only thing I was scared of was snakes and spiders.

“I got used to the spiders because I have seen a lot of them and while I was in the jungle I saw so many snakes go past me. Some of the trials had snakes involved.

And sepaking about how tough it was appearing in the hit ITV show he added: “I missed home cooking, the little treats like opening the fridge and picking what you want.

“I appreciate the littlest things. You miss the littlest things in life.

“You’re away from your family, your friends, your kids and wife and everyone, its not easy, its very very hard.”

Amir Khan perhaps won a few new fans with his sometimes hilarious antics on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Amir Khan perhaps won a few new fans with his sometimes hilarious antics on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
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Amir Khan has only had five fights in the last four years but is adamant he is on his way back
Amir Khan has only had five fights in the last four years but is adamant he is on his way back
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50. Bella Hadid sweats in red Agent Provocateur lingerie as she works out for Love Advent Calendar day 1812:28[−]

BELLA Hadid has helped heat up December thanks to her role in the Love Advent Calendar.

The 21-year-old looks incredible wearing a red underwear set for her shoot, which was teased earlier this month.

Bella Hadid looks incredible for Love Advent Day 18

Showing off her amazing figure the model wears the high-waisted suspender belt with black stockings and matching red bra, from Agent Provocateur.

Her hair is styled in a sleek ponytail and her natural beauty has been highlighted with stunning make-up, as she turns day 18 into a spectacular.

In the video, shot by Phil Poynter, Bella can be seen flexing her muscles while pushing a large tyre around.

Speaking about taking part in the famous Love Advent, which has a stay strong theme this year, Bella said: I love beating the s**t out of tires for fun.

Bella wows in an underwear set from Agent Provocateur
Bella showed her strength pushing a tyre
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She joins a whole host of stars to take part in the advent, including Emily Ratajkowski, her sister Gigi and Ashley Graham.

The star whose older sister is Gigi has had a very exciting year, which has seen her model for some of the biggest brands around.

Bella also took centre stage during the Victorias Secret fashion show in Shanghai where she strutted her stuff in front of an enthralled crowd.

She has also sparked speculation that she could be set to rekindle her romance with The Weeknd, following his split from Selena Gomez.

The star wore black stockings with her red underwear set
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Bella is just one of the famous faces to take centre stage in the advent
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The Victoria’s Secret model and the Starboy singer – who dated briefly in 2015 – are said to be “totally in love” and are in constant contact.

A source told Us Weekly that Bella and The Weeknd, 27, “have been talking, texting and FaceTiming each other pretty consistently.”

The insider added: “Bella really missed him. She’s happy with where things are and he is too. They are still totally in love.”

The Weeknd – whose real name is Abel Tesfaye – and Bella first met in April 2015 and officially became a couple a month later.

But their romance was short-lived as they split in December that year.

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51. Ryanair 2018 sale: The best deals for Ryanair, new routes and sales12:26[−]

ALREADY dreaming of a new year break?

With The Sun’s ?9.50 holidays, you can book yourself a bargain accommodation abroad from one of 100 parks in eight European countries including Croatia, Italy and Spain.

But you’ll have to consider the cost of getting there – we take a look at the latest Ryanair deals so you can get the cheapest flights.

Look out for Ryanair flight deals to destinations including Croatia, Netherlands, Italy and Spain
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Do Ryanair have a sale?

Budget airline Ryanair launches major flight sales every couple of months – and knowing when they start and reacting fast is the main key to grabbing tickets for as low as ?4.99 one way.

The cheapest time to book is in January with the airline’s sale starting in the middle of the new year and lasts for approximately two weeks.

Prices change during that time and booking on weekends might be slightly more expensive, during the week the prices are lowest

Ryanair’s Fare Finder handy tool can show you where you can go for a set budget and from your chosen departure airport.

But you can’t choose a date the results show you the month you can get flights for within your set budget so it’ll only work out if you’re flexible.

Where do Ryanair fly?

Ryanair is selling flights to destinations in 33 countries including our ?9.50 holiday hotspots in Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.
The airline’s pilots recently called off a pre-Christmas one-day strike that threatened to bring festive travel misery following Ryanair’s decision to recognise unions.

Pick your park

From just ?9.50 per person you can holiday at a host of parks in Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

You can stay away for four nights on a midweek break or three nights at weekends in comfortable mobile homes, or maybe even a tent at 260 hotspots in the UK and throughout Europe.

Simply download the Sun Savers app or visit to register and collect SIX Sun Savers codes or collect SEVEN token from The Sun.

Once you have your codes, you can book your holiday online. Youll need to select four park choices and four start dates and your party details.

You can browse our full selection of park sites using the search facility.

What is Ryanair’s baggage allowance?

From January 15 only priority-boarding customers – who pay an extra ?5 to ?6 – will be allowed two bags: one wheelie bag which is 55cm x 40cm x 20cm in size and one smaller bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm).

Everyone else will just be allowed to carry a smaller carry-on bag on board the aircraft, while wheelie-style suitcases will now be placed in the hold at the boarding gate for free.

Your wheelie bag must not exceed 10kg in weight.

Customers who refuse to put their second bag in the hold will not be allowed to travel or entitled to a refund.

What is changing?

RYANAIR will introduce the following policies from November 1

  • The check-in bag allowance will increase from 15kg to 20kg for all bags
  • The standard check-in bag fee will be cut from /?35 to /?25 for this 20kg bag
  • Only Priority Boarding customers (including Plus, Flexi Plus & Family Plus) will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags on the aircraft
  • All other (i.e. non-priority) customers will only be allowed to bring one smaller carry-on bag on board the aircraft, while their second (bigger) wheelie bag must be placed in the hold (free of charge) at the boarding gate

Do Ryanair have any hidden charges?

While the low-cost airline does offer impressive discounts, it does have a rep for charging its customers with a whole host of extra fees on top of your flight ticket price.

All of these are optional extras of course, but for most people basics such as a cabin bag and checked luggage are essential when you’re going on holiday.

Checking in at the airport

If you forget to check in online for free, you could cough up to ?50 per person per flight.

Choosing your seat

Ryanair passengers can choose to pick their seat by paying between ?2 and ?11 per person depending on which row you want to be seated – with the front being the priciest.

Check-in bag allowance

Ryanair checked baggage fees start from ?25 for a 20kg bag.

Travelling with children under 12

If you’re travelling with children under 12, at least one adult in the party must pay extra to reserve a seat.

You’ll pay a reduced ?4 fee for the adult’s seat, and can opt to sit in rows 18 to 30 with your children.

But if you choose to sit anywhere else, you’ll need to pay full price for you and the children.

Ryanair - What you should know

ALL your questions about the new policy, answered

  • Will I still be able to take 2 bags of cabin baggage on board? No for non-priority customers who will put their bigger (wheelie) cabin bag in the hold (free of charge), and will be able to take their smaller bag into the cabin.
  • How will this change be implemented? There will be two queues at the gate: Priority customers 2/bags and non-priority/1 bag only.
  • That sounds annoying. How much is Priority? /?5 at the time of the flight booking. It can be added after booking (for /?6) up to 1 hour before the scheduled flight departure time, via the Ryanair app.
  • What about if I booked my flights before the new policy was implemented? The new baggage policy will start on 1st November, and will apply to all bookings made before and after 1st Nov, and flights from that date onwards.
  • Will it still be cheaper to book a checked-in bag at the time of booking? Yes. The 20kg bag will be reduced in price to /?25 at the time of booking only. Checked-in bags added after the time of booking or made at the airport will cost /?40.
  • I have a baby. Can I still bring a changing bag? Yes. A small (5kg) baby bag may be carried by customers with infants.
  • I have a a waiver for medical items – does Ryanair still takes them onboard ?Yes, subject to contacting Ryanair’s special assistance line in advance and complying with any requirements of our special assistance team.

When is Ryanair check in?

You can check in online through Ryanair’s website or on the their app for free between two hours and four days before departure.

But if you pay for selecting a seat, you can check in online for free up to 30 days before flying.

When your check in is complete and you can now download or print your boarding pass.


52. Arsenal fans convinced Mesut Ozil contract extension is to be announced after series of tweets12:25[−]

ARSENAL have teased fans into believing that star man Mesut Ozil has penned a new deal at the Emirates after a series of tweets.

The 29-year-old netted a breathtaking volley against Newcastle on Saturday to secure all three points, and the Gunners have posted a collection of his greatest goals for the club.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil scored a stunning volley against Newcastle in the 1-0 win on Saturday
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The German international is approaching the final few months of his contract at the Emirates
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Starting off the thread by tweeting, “It’s a wet afternoon in north London, so let us brighten up your Sunday,” they followed it up with six memorable Ozil strikes.

Fans were left convinced this was proof he has agreed a new contract with the FA Cup champions.

The German World Cup winner – along with Alexis Sanchez – will become free agents in the summer should they fail to agree new terms with Arsenal.

Ozil joined the Premier League side from Real Madrid in 2013 for a then club-record fee of ?42.5million.

Now in his fifth season playing under Arsene Wenger, the ex-Werder Bremen ace has helped his side to three FA Cup titles.

Saturday’s stunner against the Magpies was his third goal of the season, after netting against Everton and Huddersfield.

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Wenger recently revealed that Ozil will NOT be leaving in Janaury, with Manchester United reportedly monitoring his situation.

Here is some of the reaction from Arsenal fans who were convinced Ozil has signed a new deal…


53. Richie Sadlier and Michael ONeill cautious of Dundalks expected American takeover12:24[−]

MICHAEL O’NEILL and Richie Sadlier have given a cautious welcome to Dundalk’s expected takeover by American investment firm Peak6.

The Louth club won three League titles between 2014 and 2016 and qualified for the Europa League group stages in 2016.

Dundalk's Europa League run gave the League of Ireland a good news story - this has done the opposite
Dundalk’s Europa League run gave the League of Ireland a good news story last year

Speaking on RT?, Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill said: “I’m always a little bit wary of outside investment in clubs.

“If you look at English football, for example, a lot of the clubs have had foreign investment and it hasn’t worked.

“Big clubs in the Championship like Nottingham Forrest, Aston Villa, Sunderland. Despite a lot of money being thrown at them it hasn’t worked.

“But if this group come in and genuinely want to build a football club and not just turn a profit then it can work. But you’re not going to turn Dundalk into a club which has suddenly got 20,000 coming to the game so there’s a ceiling in this.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill

“The level of investment has to be right but they also have to have a real love for the game and to build a football game.”

“If this investment group have an interest in a variety of clubs, which they appear to do, is Dundalk going to be a vehicle where they loan players in, similar to what we see with Man City and Girona?”

“Suddenly, Dundalk are flooded with young players, 19, 20, 21, who are given game-time and experience, European experience potentially, and they see that as a vehicle for that as opposed to building the club.

“The great thing about Dundalk’s success is that it was done with Irish boys, and if it’s done like that, it’s a real benefit to League of Ireland football and Irish football in general.”

RTE footie pundit Richie Sadlier
RTE pundit Richie Sadlier

Former Ireland player and pundit Sadlier was also cautious of the move. He said: “They (Peak6) exist to turn a profit for their investors so obviously they see something in Dundalk that will help them achieve that.

“It’s not renowned as a league where you can go and turn a profit. There are very few examples of club owners who have gone in and made a load of money.

“The achievements of Dundalk on the pitch over the last few years give a lot of people outside of the league an idea of what their potential is and they’re obviously coming in with a view to harnessing that potential.”

“There’s talk that they’re either going to redevelop Oriel Park or develop a new stadium, dramatically improve the infrastructure of the club in terms of the academy and the schoolboy side.

“Lofty ideals. If they have the money prepared to invest in it, they’re all achievable.

“What’s going to be trickier is that success on the field is only brought about by keeping a manager and players which are of a standard to do so. To do that, you have to give them money.”

“As we’ve seen in recent years, if you do well in Dundalk, particularly in Europe, clubs from England and beyond will want you.

“Players will be attracted to go because they can quadruple their wages and more overnight by going there.

“It’s going to be difficult to keep a really high quality squad in this league that can do well in Europe year on year because they will be handpicked by clubs abroad.”

54. Mum-of-three admits she wishes she never had Christmas babies because her kids get short-changed with presents12:22[−]

A MUM-OF-THREE has admitted she wishes she never had Christmas babies, calling their birthdays a “bloody nightmare”.

Cat Sceats, 46, from Dorking, Surrey, has three children, two of whom were born on the days before and after Crimbo.

Cat Sceats is mum to December babies Tilly, now 19, and Max, now 15, as well as daughter Daisy, now 22
Cat Sceats is mum to December babies Tilly, now 19, and Max, now 15, as well as daughter Daisy, now 22
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She said: “Everyone thinks Christmas babies are magical.

“While it’s lovely to be in the maternity unit with the fairy lights and trees lit up – the reality is somewhat different.

“Christmas birthdays are a bloody nightmare! I very definitely didnt go out of my way to have them then – in fact I was two weeks overdue on each occasion.

Both of the children were very much wanted. But if I could pick their birthdays again, Id have them slap bang in the middle of summer!

Cat claims Tilly and Max get short-changed when it comes to gifts because their birthdays are so close to Christmas
Cat claims Tilly and Max get forgotten about and short-changed when it comes to gifts because their birthdays are so close to Christmas
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Tilly, 19, arrived on Boxing Day in 1997 and Max, 15, popped out on Christmas Eve in 2001.

Daughter Daisy, now 22, was born in September 1995.

English teacher Cat told how she hates the fact that well-meaning friends and family are so stressed and time-short throughout December that birthday presents are the last thing on their minds.

It really annoys me that throughout their childhood and teenage years, my kids birthdays have been consistently forgotten,” she explained.

“People are just too stressed or too focused on other things to make the effort of buying birthday presents around Christmas.

“But it isnt my childrens fault so why should they miss out?”

Cat told how it’s impossible to organise a birthday party for her kids so close to Christmas as everyone already has commitments.

Cat finds it impossible to organise parties for her December babies - and hasn't done so since they were age five and six
Cat finds it impossible to organise parties for her December babies – and hasn’t done so since they were very young
Samantha Brick

Tillys birthday is on the 26th December – and everyone is far too full to eat birthday cake and way too skint to buy yet another present for her,” she said.

Max can remember his favourite birthday – it was when he was six.

“Only one friend came for tea and some birthday cake on Christmas Eve.

I had tears in my eyes when he recalled how much fun it was. It sounded like something out of a Dickens novel!

The one and only time I organised a birthday party for Tilly was when she was five. But no one turned up. The mums all forgot!

“I even arranged it a few days earlier so as not to intrude on plans over Christmas. It was hopeless. I gave up organising parties after that.

Cat even injured herself while trying to make their birthdays special
Cat even injured herself while trying to make their birthdays special
Samantha Brick

As for those who do remember to send birthday gifts, Cat has been left speechless at what has arrived.

She recalled: One year a family member sent a birthday pressie for Max, but not for Tilly.

“How do you explain to small children that an adult must have forgotten or been too overwhelmed by Christmas?

Both of them have been re-gifted a right old selection of “found in the present cupboard” type of pressies over the years.

“They have last minute panic stamped all over them!

“Its pretty obvious when they start to unwrap them that zero effort has gone into them. A particular favourite of mine was the tie-dye candle in the shape of a seal – for a toddler!

Cat said when it comes to presents that have arrived, she's been speechless by how inappropriate they are - as have Tilly and Max
Cat said when it comes to presents that have arrived, she’s been speechless by how inappropriate they are – as have Tilly and Max
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One of my best friends is famous for sending perfectly chosen and beautifully wrapped presents for everyone at Christmas and for their birthdays – except for Tilly and Max that is!

She freely admits that by the middle of December she has run out of steam. They get an Amazon voucher.

“My heart also sinks when I spot the envelopes popping through the letterbox – invariably with a tenner in them.

“One year to make an effort for the kids, I took them sledging on the 24th to make it special for them. Within an hour on the slopes I’d broken my ankle and spent Christmas in plaster!”

Even the kids grandparents are guilty of present neglect.

Cat said even the grandparents are guilty of neglecting the December duo when it comes to their birthdays
Cat said even the grandparents are guilty of neglecting the December duo when it comes to their birthdays
Samantha Brick

The kids never do as well as they would if they had birthdays throughout the year,” Cat admitted.

“I know this because my other daughter is a September baby and has always been spoilt rotten when her big day arrives.

The bottom line is that Christmas birthdays are a disaster. Kids always feel they are hard done by.

“In the past they have behaved badly or kicked off.

Nowadays I reckon they are right to feel short-changed. I might even introduce a half birthday for them in July that way no one would forget!”

Yesterday we told how a mum splurges over ?1,000 on 68 Christmas presents for her pampered dog Lola.

Meanwhile a grieving daughter will EAT her dead mum for Christmas lunch by sprinkling her ashes on a turkey roast dinner.


55. West Ham star Manuel Lanzini to be hit with retrospective FA ban for simulation after winning penalty against Stoke12:21[−]

MANUEL LANZINI will be hit with a retrospective FA charge on Monday for diving.

The Argentine forward could become only the second Premier League player found guilty of committing a successful deception of a match official.

West Ham star Manuel Lanzini controversially won a penalty against Stoke on Saturday
Potters defender Erik Pieters was judged to have fouled the Argentinian international in the first half
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The 24-year-old faces the wrath of the independent regulatory commission and a ban could mean he misses the Hammers Carabao Cup quarter-final at Arsenal tomorrow plus Saturdays league clash against Newcastle.

The FA will judge whether Lanzini conned referee Graham Scott into awarding him a penalty against Stoke on Saturday.

TV replays showed the playmaker was already on his day down and Potters defender Erik Pieters pulled away from the tackle. Mark Noble scored from the spot kick to set up the 3-0 win.

West Ham boss David Moyes amazingly claimed that Lanzini hit the deck because he was tired having just run the length of the pitch.

The 24-year-old is set to to be handed a retrospective ban from the FA for simulation
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Hammers playmaker Manuel Lanzini starred in the 3-0 win against Stoke at the bet365 Stadium

But Stoke manager Mark Hughes called out the player for diving.

Hughes claimed: He has clearly dived and its disappointing the referee hasnt seen it.

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You need to get match-defining decisions correct and he certainly didnt get that one right.

It was perfect for West Ham. But whether Lanzini is banned or not doesnt help us one bit. The situation has gone.

Pieters, who was penalised for the challenge, said: He came through and I made a tackle straight, not into him. He came into me rather than me into him.

“He had a bad touch. Thats why I made a straight tackle. Then he fell over me.

Ive seen a replay and I dont think its a penalty, for sure.

There is contact but thats easy when he runs into you. But it doesnt mean much for us now.

Evertons Oumar Niasse became the first Prem player to get a two-match ban from a retrospective FA charge for his penalty-winning dive against Crystal Palace last month.


56. Ex-Premier League coach Leo Percovich injured in horror car crash which left his daughter dead and his two other kids in a critical condition12:15[−]

FORMER Middlesbrough coach Leo Percovich and his family have been left devastated after being involved in a tragic car accident in Brazil.

The Uruguayan was driving in the Santos Dumont region of Zona da Mata with his wife and three children in the early hours of yesterday morning when their car plunged off a 20-metre high road bridge.

Former Middlesbrough coach Leo Percovich has been left devastated following the death of his young daughter following a road accident
Former Middlesbrough coach Leo Percovich has been left devastated following the death of his young daughter following a road accident
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Perovich, who is currently working with Fluminese’s Under-20s, suffered “slight injuries” as a result on the incident but has been left reeling after it tragically claimed the life of one of his daughters.

In a statement released on the Brazilian club’s website, they confirmed the loss of his young child while his other two kids are fighting for their lives.

It read: “Fluminense confirms that the coach of the club’s under-20 team, Leo Percovich, 49, was in the car accident on Saturday in the Santos Dumont region of Zona da Mata.

“Leo Percovich and his wife were rescued and taken to UPA Norte, in Juiz de Fora.

The Uruguayan suffered 'slight injuries' after the car he was travelling in with his family plunged of a 20m high bridge in Brazil
The Uruguayan suffered ‘slight injuries’ after the car he was travelling in with his family plunged of a 20m high bridge in Brazil
Percovich's two other children are fighting for their lives in hospital
Percovich’s two other children are fighting for their lives in hospital
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“The coach suffered slight injuries and will undergo examinations throughout the night. The trainer’s wife suffered a fractured pelvis.

“Of the couple’s children, a boy and a girl are in the CTI of Santa Casa de Juiz de Fora in critical condition and the other daughter of the couple died.

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“The club deeply regrets the loss and is supporting the coach at this difficult time and decrees official mourning for three days.

“A member of the club staff is on the way to Juiz de Fora. More information to follow.”

Boro also tweeted: “We woke this morning to some tragic news from Brazil where our former goalkeeping coach Leo Percovic has been involved in a car accident which has claimed the life of one of his children.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Leo.”

Percovich joined Middlesbrough as part of Aitor Karanka’s backroom staff in 2013 and became a huge hit with the Riverside faithful for his emotional displays on the touchline and memorable celebrations as he helped the club to win promotion to the Premier League in 2016.

Percovich joined Middlesbrough as part of Aitor Karanka's backroom staff in 2013 and left the club in the summer
Percovich joined Middlesbrough as part of Aitor Karanka’s backroom staff in 2013 and left the club in the summer
Middlesbrough tweeted this news yesterday morning
Middlesbrough tweeted this news yesterday morning
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Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos posted this on Twitter upon hearing the news
Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos posted this on Twitter upon hearing the news
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Middlesbrough star Ben Gibson tweeted this message of support
Middlesbrough star Ben Gibson tweeted this message of support
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He left the club last summer following the arrival of Garry Monk and headed back to South America.

A number of Boro players past and present also shared their devastation and support for Percovich on social media.

Ex-defender and Real Madrid star Jonathan Woodgate wrote on Instagram: “My thoughts are prayers are with big Leo and his family at this sad time.”

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Ben Gibson wrote: “Absolutely devastated to wake up and hear about Leo and his family… don’t really know what to say but we are all praying for you mate.”

While Boro goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos said: “I have no words.

“Completely devastated. Stay strong my friend.”


57. Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden reveals he fell ill straight after the shows final12:15[−]

STRICTLY Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden has revealed he fell ill straight after the show’s final.

The actor came down with a nasty cold just hours after winning the glitterball trophy.

Joe McFadden reveals he was ill after the Strictly final

Joe, 42, was crowned winner of the ballroom show on Saturday night as he and his professional partner Katya Jones triumphed in the grand final.

He admits he was “flabbergasted” to have won, especially as he is the oldest competitor to ever take the title.

During an appearance on Lorraine today, Joe then revealed he was struck down with a nasty bug just hours after his big victory.

He said: “I had the obligatory cold that descended instantly as soon as we finished – you just collapse in a heap..”

He chatted with Lorraine Kelly today after his big win on Saturday

Joe also admitted he was barely able to enjoy himself at the show’s afterparty because he was so tired.

He added: “There was a bit of a party on.

“We were all so exhausted, the finalists, so we didn’t party that hard.”

Joe went on to reveal he was shocked to win the trophy because he put on such a poor performance in the dress rehearsal.

Joe and his partner Katya were thrilled when they were announced as winners

The former Holby City star said: “We had a really bad dress rehearsal…

“Katya said to me ‘If you do it like that, there will be no glitterball…

“She was like ‘We need to get there straight away’ and thankfully we did by the evening.”

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58. Family with young child rushed to hospital after huge blaze rips through plush Cameron House hotel12:14[−]

A FAMILY with a young child has been rushed to hospital after a huge blaze ripped through a luxury hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond.

Around 50 firefighters and other emergency services were scrambled to Cameron House after the alarm was raised around 6.41am.

Flames were seen erupting from the roof of the building
Flames were seen erupting from the roof of the building
People were seen gathered outside the hotel
People were seen gathered outside the hotel
Fire crews were spotted at the scene
Fire crews were spotted at the scene

And two adults and a child have been taken by medics to Queen Elizabeth University hospital in Glasgow for treatment.

Ambulance crews also confirmed that a fourth patient had been taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

Their condition is not yet known.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: We received a call at 6.44am today to attend an incident at the Cameron House Hotel.

We dispatched four ambulances, our special operations response team and the trauma team to the scene.


Three patients, two adults and one child, were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

A fourth patient was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

One eyewitness reported seeing a family being rescued from the top floor of the building while the fire raged on.

People were spotted outside after being evacuated
People were spotted outside after being evacuated

A spokesperson for the hotel said: “Were currently dealing with a fire within the main building.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are on site and dealing with the situation.

“We will provide a further update as soon as we can.”

Guests were spotted standing out on the front lawn after they were evacuated from the plush building.

We told you earlier how witnesses reported seeing smoke billowing out across Loch Lomond from as far as FIVE MILES away.

One told the Scottish Sun the flames were visible from Auchencarroch Landfill Site in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire.

He said: “I’m on a hill five miles away sitting watching it through the binoculars.

“It’s really bad. The flames are very big.

“It looks like the whole lot of the hotel is one fire.

“It’s been burning since around 6.30am this morning.

“The smoke is all across the loch and the traffic has been diverted onto the Helensburgh Road.

“The flames are well above the treeline.”

The resort has become a popular hang-out for visiting celebrities and A-listers.

We told you earlier this year how Take That star Gary Barlow hosted a plush bingo night at the hotel.

Alan Hardy, the owner and chairman of English League Two side Notts County tweeted his sadness after hearing of the fire.

He posted an image of the historic building up in flames.

Alan said: “Very sad to see the awful fire destroying Cameron House, Loch Lomond. Have some wonderful memories of great trips there.”

Former Rangers and Everton star Michael Ball also took to Twitter in the wake of the inferno.

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59. Subaru XV review: Rugged SUV is the safest family car in its class and is just as at home in icy forests as on the school run12:13[−]

IS this all-new Subaru XV grey or blue? I doubt this will set the internet alight like the Blue/Black Dress Mystery, but its confused me.

Also puzzling?.?.?.? this isnt a regular soft-roader crossover like a Qashqai or a C-HR, which looks rugged but would faint at the thought of mud. Subaru have built a capable off-roader.

The all-new Subaru XV is the safest family car
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What it lacks in flair, it makes up in grunt. Its Jackie Chan dressed up as Peter Sissons.

This is a car pitched at pensioners but should also be aimed at country mums and dog owners. They need cars that will be sure footed through the rough stuff and keep them safe.

This XV is the Safest Family Car in NCAPs ratings.

I drove it for two days through icy, bear-infested Latvian forests, slick motorways and Riga citys traffic. Theres some clever Japanese engineering at play. The boxer engine gives a lower centre of gravity and less corner roll, and the new chassis platform feels stiffer.

The XV will not be available will a diesel engine
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All models come with EyeSight safety kit as standard stereo cameras that scan the road ahead for cars, kids and (in Latvia) bears.

To test this, I foolishly stood in front of the car as it was slowly driven towards me.

Key facts


Price: From ?22,495
Engine: 2.0 flat 4 (154bhp)
Economy: 40.9mpg
0-62mph: 10.4 seconds
Top speed: 120mph
Length: 4.5 metres
CO2 emissions: 155g/km

The driver aid system picked out my bear-like mass and automatically braked.

The system also powers the adaptive cruise control, lane sway and rear collision detection, giving the car control over steering, throttle and braking in case of emergency.

Although most associate Subaru with rally cars, 87 per cent of its sales are SUVs the firm has been making them since 1995. The XV is the smallest offering, behind the Outback and the Forester.

Off road, the XV proved its worth. Navigating icy slopes, deep puddles and dramatic descents were no problem with the X-Mode button pressed. It even managed to climb a 37-degree ramp.

The XV will launch with just a 2-litre petrol engine, with a 1.6-litre petrol hot on its heels. Both have CVT Lineartronic automatic gearboxes that deliver smooth power, not too dissimilar to an electric car.

They make city and motorway driving a doddle, but the downside is a blender-like whir when you really push the car to the max. Moving with the times, there will be no diesel on offer.

For the small price difference, Id recommend the 2-litre. Besides, the 2-litre is the only variant where you can buy the Blue/Grey option. Or, as Subaru call it, Cool Grey Khaki.

The XV is the smallest of Subaru’s offerings
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60. What is Peter Kays net worth, why was his 2018 UK stand up tour cancelled and who is his wife Susan Gargan?12:12[−]

SINCE being born in Bolton in 1973 Peter Kay has had quite a journey.

From sell-out tours to Phoenix Nights and Car Share – everything Peter touches has been a smash hit. Here’s the lowdown on the funnyman…

Peter Kay
Peter Kay won the 2016 Male Performance BAFTA for his role as John in Car Share
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What is Peter Kay’s net worth?

Having started his career as a comedian, Kay has branched out into various other areas of TV over the years.

He has written screenplays – most notably the smash hit Car Share – produced, directed and has had a variety of acting jobs.

The funnyman also has three books under his belt and was named the 46th most influential person in British culture in a 2004 poll for the BBC.

All of these gigs and public notoriety have amounted to a reportedly sizeable net worth of ?43 million.

Is Peter Kay married?

Peter Kay married Susan Gargan in 2001 after three years of dating.

They met while Kay was working at a cinema and she was a cashier at Boots in their hometown of Bolton.

The couple have one child together – 13-year-old Charlie Michael Kay – named after Susan’s late father.

Kay announced that Car Share would not be returning for a third series much to the dismay of fans who took to social media to beg for another series. The final episode pulled in 5.5 million viewers[/caption]

What is Car Share?

Car Share is a British comedy about two workers in a supermarket who car pool to and from work together.

Kay wrote and starred in the show which ran for two series on BBC One.

The two-hander won the award for best comedy at the 2016 National Television Awards, as well as the BAFTA TV Awards for Best Male Comedy Performance and Best Scripted Comedy that same year.

His co-star in the series, Sian Gibson, also helped Kay to write both series of the show which pulled in a staggering 5.5 million viewers for its final episode.

Peter Kay
A philanthropist at heart, father of one, Peter Kay often does special gigs in aid of charities or good causes[/caption]

Why has Peter Kay cancelled his tour?

After eight years away from the stage Peter Kay announced he was coming back with another live tour.

The comedian said he would be returning to his most successful hobby stand-up.

However, on December 13, he announced that all the dates will be cancelled.

In a statement on Twitter, he wrote: Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.

This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.

My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and Im sure youll understand my family must always come first.

Ive always endeavoured to protect my familys privacy from the media. I hope that the media and public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, Im very sorry.

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61. Chloe Khan sparks rumours shes had another nose job as she shares picture of her face covered in plaster12:08[−]

CHLOE Khan has sparked rumours she’s undergone her third nose job after sharing a clip of her face wrapped in plaster.

Posting a short video of herself using a reindeer filter, the 26-year-old reality star appeared to have bandages wrapped around her surgically-enhanced nose.

Chloe Khan
Chloe Khan has sparked rumours she’s undergone her third nose job

The Celebrity Big Brother star has made no secret of her desire to go under the knife to correct a botched nose job, previously revealing on This Morning that she was considering an operation in January.

While Chloe – who recently also sparked engagement rumours – has spent an incredible ?100k on surgery overall, she admitted her last surgery – which she underwent in Ukraine – left her with major complications.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford in August, she confessed: “I can’t breathe or smell through my nose anymore.

“My first nose surgery was on Harley Street, a British surgeon, conservative and minimal. He didn’t want it to look freakish but I wanted it to be small. They wouldnt do what I wanted,’ she said, her reason for deciding against returning to them.”

Chloe Khan
The reality star has admitted to spending ?100k on surgery over the years
Chloe Khan
The former X Factor star famously underwent a Brazilian Butt Lift earlier this year

She added: “I stalked this surgeon for two years on Instagram’, she said, explaining her journey to finding her new doctor.

“He looked amazing. I looked at lots of different options, but it looked as though he was the best in the world, and he was in the Ukraine so I went there. I felt this guy in Ukraine would do exactly what I wanted.”

But her dream surgery soon became a nightmare as Chloe revealed: “I woke up during surgery. It was a disaster from the get go.”

However, Chloe’s recent plaster snap could well be the result of her botched operation, as the interview also saw her admit that she has to secure her nose with a roll of medical tape for “20 hours a day”.

Chloe Khan
Chloe revealed earlier this year that she is planning a third nose job
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She explained: “I feel embarrassed to talk about it, and it’s stupid, I wake up with nose bleeds, I can’t smell perfume.. but it’s a vanity thing.”

The Playboy Playmate then divulged plans to go under the knife again in January, with hopes it will correct the issue.

As well as rhinoplasty, Chloe has also admitted to having a boob job, liposuction, a Brazilian Butt Lift and lip fillers.

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62. Everton send scouts to watch 20-year-old Charlton defender Ezri Konsa as Sam Allardyce eyes deal12:05[−]

EVERTON have made another check on Charlton kid Ezri Konsa ahead of a January swoop.

Chief scout Martyn Glover was at Ewood Park to run the rule over the defender who featured in the Latics defeat to Blackburn on Saturday, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Charlton defender Ezri Konsa is wanted by Everton
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Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is looking to wrap up a deal in January ahead of a host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal.

The 20-year-old is one the most sought after defenders in the country and the League One side are resigned to losing Konsa next month or at the end of the season.

Konsa is the next one off the Valley production line behind Joe Gomez and Ademola Lookman who are now both on Merseyside.

But Konsa, who helped England win the Under-20World Cup in June looks set to follow Lookman to Goodison Park.

Sam Allardyce has run the rule over Ezri Konsa ahead of January move
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Charlton boss Karl Robinson insists Konsa is destined for the Premier League
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Ezri Konsa, far left with England Under-20 World Cup winning squad meeting Prince William
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Allardyce is hoping the relationship between the two clubs have after the Lookman deal will prove decisive if they make their move next month.

Latics boss Karl Robinson is convinced his World Cup hero is destined for the Premier League.

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Robinson said: Hes the best young centre-back in the country, there is nobody better then him, fact.

Stand up, believe in your talent and show them how good you are, thats my message to him.

He needs to let that talent flourish now, If he does he will be one of the best in the Premier League.


63. Mum-of-two makes stunning glitter Christmas decorations using her PLACENTA and even makes chocs from it12:05[−]

A MUM-OF-TWO has revealed how she handcrafts beautiful Christmas ornaments by mixing glitter with her own powdered placenta.

Jordan Harrison, 29, keeps her three-year-old son Ezras dehydrated afterbirth, which has been ground into powder, in her freezer.

Jordan Harrison saved the placenta after the birth of her second son, Ezra, three years ago
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She then mixes the granules with glitter and paints blank ornaments with the result to create an unusual festive decoration.

Jordan, from Michigan, Illinois, USA, also makes her placenta into CHOCOLATE treats so she can eat it as well as mixing into soups and smoothies.

She also takes it in capsule form, swearing by its mood-boosting properties and even insisting it helps ease period pain.

The mum was initially sceptical when she heard that stars like Kim Kardashian and actress January Jones have eaten their placenta.

A Christmas decoration made from glitter and Jordan’s placenta
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She said: I used to think, You couldnt pay me to eat a placenta, but its made such an amazing difference.

I didnt do anything with my placenta after having my first child, Avery, who is now seven, and the difference between then and this time around was like night and day.

She added: With Ezra, I was so much more energised. Of course, being a parent, there are always hard days, but the difference was amazing in terms of being able to function every day. I never felt exhausted.

To create the unusual chocolates which she now makes for other mums Jordan mixes the powdered placenta with cocoa, coconut oil and either honey or sugar, before shaping and leaving to set.

Baby Ezra, now three, and older sister Avery, seven
PA Real Life

They taste slightly salty, but otherwise you wouldnt notice anything different about them, she continued. I made two huge bars, which have lasted me three years. I often eat them when I have period cramps, as theyre really full of iron. As its powdered, you can have it in pretty much anything, like soups and smoothies.

Jordan, whose partner property manager James Reighard is the father of both her children, said she was fascinated by her placenta when she had Avery, but had no desire to eat it.

I found myself inspecting it. I thought it was the coolest thing, she said.

I didnt know then that there was so much you can do with placentas, though, so I left it with the midwife to throw away.

A Christmas decoration made by Jordan
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Over the years, however, as she read more reports about the benefits of eating placenta, she became increasingly intrigued.

Then, when, in 2014, she fell pregnant again, after talking to another mum at the school gates, who had completed a course in placenta encapsulation, she decided she wanted to try it.

Following Ezras birth, she took the placenta home with her, where she gave it a water bath, before slicing it up and putting it in a dehydrator.

Jordan also makes chocolates from her afterbirth
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When it was done it almost looked like jerky, she laughed. I then ground it up into a really fine powder, which I used to create the chocolates and pills.

I still take them three years on. I worried that the potency might decrease over time, but it hasnt for me.

The difference I feel since taking them is amazing. With Avery, I suffered quite bad baby blues. It never progressed to postnatal depression, but I havent had anything like that with Ezra.

Keen to help other women, Jordan eventually decided to become a full-time doula, supporting mums during and after their pregnancies.

A placenta print made by Jordan for another mum
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As well as attending both hospital and home births, she has also trained to process placentas, which she does at home.

Not only can she put them into capsules, but she also provides mothers with prints of them, and can even turn them into jewellery, by setting some of the ground powder in crystal.

Its fun for people to be able to say that they wear a bit of their placenta every day, she said. Its such a fascinating organ, and the fact you can turn it into powder form makes it really versatile.

Jordan now makes capsules and gifts for mums
PA Real Life

I dont want this information to be exclusive to me, either. I want to help people. I love telling other mums about the difference in my postpartum experiences.

I think my story shows just how beneficial the placenta can be. To those who are on the fence which I understand, because I used to be as well Id advise them to at least learn about it before deciding for sure.

Danielle Lloyd recently joined the growing band of celebrity mums who take placenta pills.

But a leading doctor also slammed the trend as “bordering on cannibalism.”


64. When is Peter Pan in Neverland? Venue, dates and ticket info for the panto starring Bradley Walsh and Martin Kemp12:05[−]

BRADLEY Walsh and Martin Kemp are teaming up for a pantomime extravaganza.

They are both going to be starring in Peter Pan in Neverland in the 2017 Christmas panto season – we have all you need to know…

This festive show is set to be the ultimate pantomime
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What is the Peter Pan in Neverland panto starring Bradley Walsh and Martin Kemp?

The producers of The World’s Biggest Pantomime are bringing Peter Pan in Neverland to the Birmingham Barclaycard Arena this Christmas.

Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp is taking on the role of the villainous Captain Hook, while TV presenter and comedian Bradley Walsh is set to play his sidekick, pirate Mr Smee.

J. M. Barries original story and characters including Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, along with Peter Pan, will all be brought to life by a cast of over 100 performers.

The show will include flying cirque and stunt stars, actors and musicians.

The audience will also get to see the life size Jolly Roger galleon sail around the Birmingham Arena.

The show will be performed across three arena stages on a movie style Neverland set which is billed to include a giant 60 feet wide LED screen with computer graphic imagery and live close-up TV relay of the action.

Bradley Walsh is starring in Peter Pan in Neverland

When can I go and see the Peter Pan in Neverland panto?

The panto is set to run this Christmas:

  • Wednesday December 20 2017 – 7pm
  • Thursday December 21 2017 – 7pm
  • Friday December 22 2017 – 7pm
  • Saturday December 23 2017 – 3pm
  • Saturday December 23 2017 – 7pm
  • Sunday December 24 2017 – 1pm
Martin Kemp joins him in the cast playing Captain Hook

How do I get tickets for the Peter Pan in Neverland panto?

Tickets went on sale on April 20 2017.

You can buy tickets through the Birmingham Barclaycard Arena website or by calling 0844 338 0333.

There is also a hospitality package available which includes:

  • Category A ticket
  • Free onsite parking permit
  • Dedicated hospitality entrance
  • VIP check in
  • Pre-show and interval access to a private lounge
  • A welcome drink upon arrival
  • Two course buffet meal
  • A piece of merchandise for children
  • Cloakroom facility
  • Interval drinks ordering service
  • Prices for the hospitality package are ?115.00 (adult) and ?105.00 (child)

Who is Bradley Walsh?

Bradley Walsh was born on June 4 1960 and is an English actor, comedian, singer, television presenter and former professional footballer.

He is best known for his role as Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street and hosting ITV game show The Chase.

Bradley hosts the variety show Tonight at the London Palladium and is also team captain on the sports-themed panel show Play to the Whistle.

He is also a pantomime veteran and has starred in 15 shows since 1988.

Bradley is a panto veteran

Who is Martin Kemp?

Martin Kemp was born on October 10 1961 and is an English actor, musician and television presenter.

He is best known as the bassist in the new wave band Spandau Ballet and for playing Steve Owen in EastEnders.

Martin also finished third in the summer series of Celebrity Big Brother 2012.

Most recently Martin was a judge on the BBC show Let It Shine.


65. What time is A Bakers Life on Channel 4, whats Paul Hollywoods series about and what did he do before Great British Bake Off?12:03[−]

NOW that Bake Off 2017 is over, fans may have thought Paul Hollywood would be off our screens for a while.

However, they’d be wrong – not only has he announced his split from Alex, his wife of almost 20 years, but his show, A Baker’s Life has now popped out of the oven. Here’s what we know about it…

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When is A Baker’s Life on Channel 4?

A Baker’s Life concludes on Channel 4 tonight (Monday, 18 December) at 8pm with the fourth episode in the series.

Each half hour episode in the series is available on All 4 if you have missed the broadcast.

What does A Baker’s Life involve?

A Baker’s Life is a spin-off show from Paul’s recent book release.

The programme includes lots of recipes by Merseyside baker Paul as well as offering insight into how he became such a big name in telly.

Paul’s “fascinating” life story may or may not cover how he came to ditch the BBC for Channel 4 when Bake Off was poached.

The show comes as a tie-in with Paul’s book A Baker’s Life

What did Paul get up to during filming for the series?

Paul took an indulgent trip down memory lane for the new show.

Viewers will see him visit the kitchens that inspired him and meet up with the chefs who taught him his trade.

The silver fox’s family tree will also come into it as his father and grandfather were both bakers.

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Who is Paul Hollywood?

The 51-year-old is a baker and best-selling author and was born in Wallasey in Cheshire.

His passion for food is certainly in his roots, as he was the son of York-based bakery proprietor, John F. Hollywood.

Pauls grandfather also had a similar occupation, as he worked as head baker at The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.

When hes not in the kitchen, car aficionado Hollywood enjoys taking part in motor racing.

He competed in Le Mans in 2015, as well as winning first in class at the GT Cup with partner Johnny Adam.

Since 2010 he has been one of the two judges on Bake Off, and he controversially stuck with the show when Love Productions sold it to Channel 4.

In November 2017, Paul and his wife Alexandra announced they had separated after 20 years of marriage.

Sources close to the couple say the marriage has struggled to cope with Pauls wandering eye after his fame skyrocketed including an affair while working in the US.


66. Strictly dancer Joanne Clifton reveals shes housemates with Katya Jones so theres TWO winning Glitter Balls in their pad12:02[−]

STRICTLY Come Dancing stars Joanne Clifton and Katya Jones have been forced to find room for a SECOND Glitter Ball trophy in their house.

The professional dancers share a pad together, along with Katya’s husband Neil, and they are now the proud owners of two trophies following two consecutive wins.

Joanne Clifton and her housemate Katya Jones have two Glitter Balls between them

On Saturday, Katya and her celebrity partner, Holby City actor Joe McFadden, waltzed away from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing as champions, after being crowned the winners.

In 2016, Joanne and BBC news and sports presenter Ore Oduba took the title.

Taking to Twitter, Joanne – who quit Strictly following her win to focus on her West End career – posted a picture of herself and the two glitterballs placed on their coffee table.

She told her followers: “Little do people know that @Mrs_katjones and I live together …. of course along with @Mr_NJones and Crumble …. we now have 2 GLITTERBALLS IN OUR HOUSE!!

Katya and actor Joe McFadden have been crowned this year’s Strictly Come Dancing winners
Joanne and Ore Oduba won Strictly in 2016

“From 2 consecutive years! So proud! We’ve named the house GLITTERBALL HOUSE!!!”

Katya and Joe had faced tough competition in Saturday night’s nail-biting final.

The pair were up against Debbie McGee, Alexandra Burke and Gemma Atkinson and their professional dance partners.

After being announced as the public’s winner, Joe said: “Its completely surreal! I cant believe it! We did it!

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The pair fought off competition from Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke and Debbie McGee

He then told Claudia Winkleman that he thought he “wouldn’t win in a million years” and added: “I’m so in awe of everyone who started all those weeks ago. We’ve become such a tight unit.”

Katya, meanwhile burst into tears, as Joe described his professional partner as “one amazing woman”.

He added: “Thank you so much for sticking with me and persevering, and being the most amazing artist and dancer and counsellor and slave driver! She’s amazing.”

As the winner, Joe will have earned a whopping ?100,000 from his time on Strictly Come Dancing.

He is now said to be heading straight to the bank before hitting the road with his fellow 2017 stars for next year’s live UK tour.

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67. What does The Apprentice winner get, whats the prize money and do the champions go into business with Alan Sugar?12:02[−]

THE Apprentice candidates give the 12 weeks of competition their all as they try and win each challenge as a team.

But what do the ultimate winners get? And how involved is Lord Sugar? Here’s what we know…

Lord Sugar chose two winners in this year’s series of The Apprentice
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What does The Apprentice winner get?

By winning The Apprentice, the chosen candidate lands a cash prize from Lord Sugar.

The money can be used to put their business plan into action and push their company to the next level.

This year Lord Sugar shocked viewers by choosing two winners, Sarah Lynn and James White.

The prize was previously a job within one of his businesses but it changed to its current incarnation in series seven back in 2011.

Sarah Lynn and James White both won ?250,000
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What is the prize money?

The Apprentice winner receives ?250,000 from Lord Sugar for triumphing in the series.

This year, with two winners, the millionaire gave both of them the prize money to invest in their respective businesses.

Both candidates will go into 50/50 partnership with Lord Sugar

Do the winners go into business with Lord Sugar?

As well as receiving the prize money, the winners go into a 50/50 partnership with Lord Sugar.

The businessman will mentor the winners to help them and their businesses reach their full potential.

This year, Sarah Lynn has a confectionery business while James runs an IT recruitment company.


68. What is Aussie flu, what are the symptoms and how is H3N2 different from normal influenza? All you need to know12:02[−]

A POTENTIALLY deadly strain of flu is heading here from Down Under – meaning Britain could have it worst flu season in 50 years.

But what is Aussie flu, and how is it different from the normal winter bug? Here’s what we know…

Aussie flu is a potentially deadly strain of the winter bug
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What is Aussie flu?

Around 170,000 cases of flu have been reported in Australia this season, which is two and a half times more than last year.

The strain of flu is called H3N2, and public health expert Professor Robert Dingwall, from Nottingham Trent University, told it’s “almost inevitable” the winter bug will hit Britain this winter.

He added: “The reports from Australia suggest the UK might be in for the worst winter flu season for many years.”

The number of flu deaths in Australia over their winter has not yet been released, but it’s thought to be the worst in many years.

Professor Robert Dingwall, from Nottingham Trent University, told it’s ‘almost inevitable’ the winter bug will hit Britain this winter

Professor Dingall told the Daily Express that this is the most serious flu epidemic since the 1968 pandemic that started in Hong Kong – and killed a million people worldwide.

H3N2 is a mutated strain of flu, meaning the vaccine in Australia has been less effective than hoped.

Mum-of-two Jennifer Thew, who’s originally from Germany, was one of those to die from flu in Australia in September.

She died from acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by flu – even though she worked as a medical receptionist and had been vaccinated against it.

Speaking on This Morning, Dr Chris Steele warned that the winter virus could be a huge strain on the NHS, if hospitals aren’t properly prepared.

If you don’t recover after a week, it could be a sign that you know a more serious strain of flu
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What are the symptoms of Aussie flu?

Symptoms of Aussie flu are similar to those caused by normal flu, but they are more severe. Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Sore throat and cough
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Muscle ache
  • Fatigue
  • Runny nose and sneezing

People should recover from normal flu within a week so, although the cough and fatigue may last longer.

So if you’re still really ill after seven days, it’s a good indication of something more serious.

Aussie flu can lead to pneumonia and other potentially fatal complications.

Those most at risk are the over 65s, pregnant women, young kids and those with chronic conditions – like diabetes, lung and heart disease.

Back in September, NHS bosses urged all eligible Brits to get the free flu jab – but admitted it was too late to tweak the strains in their stockpile.

More than 21 million Brits can get a free vaccine. In 2016, it didn’t match the dominant flu strain – causing the biggest spike in winter deaths since the 60s.


69. Bruno Tonioli, 62, enjoys a night out with hunky swimwear toyboy boyfriend Matt Law, 29, at the panto12:01[−]

BRUNO Tonioli celebrated the end of Strictly Come Dancing by taking his toyboy beau to a Christmas panto.

The Strictly judge, 62, stepped out with Matt Law, a 29-year-old underwear and swimwear model who is based in Los Angeles, for the Cinderella Gala Night in London on Sunday.

The threesome braved the freezing London weather for a night at the panto
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However, the couple weren’t alone – they were joined on their night out by Simon Cowell’s ex-girlfriend Jackie St Clair.

News of Bruno’s romance with Matt first leaked back in October, with sources saying the TV star has introduced his new man to his showbiz pals.

A source close to the telly favourite said: Bruno has really been getting on well with Matt, they enjoy each others company. They have spent the last few days together in the States and he has been introduced to a few of his friends.

Bruno is growing increasingly fond of Matt and it isnt hard to see why. Hes noticed everywhere they go. They were very touchy-feely over dinner and laughing so loudly that everyone took notice.

The couple stepped out with Simon Cowell’s ex-girlfriend Jackie St Clair
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Bruno and Matt, whose shirtless snaps get thousands of likes on Instagram, are said to be having fun together
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Bruno and Jackie have been showbiz pals for years
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However, Matt has played down the romance, saying: We are just friends.

And sources close to Bruno say he and hunky Matt – who has over 87,000 followers on Instagram – are just having fun.

The pal said: Bruno is very happy. He hasnt had anyone special on his life for ten years and Matt has put the smile back on his face.

Right now theyre just having a lot of fun and not thinking about the future because theres a huge age difference.

Matt Law shows off his ripped torso in a beachside snap